20 Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Plants

Fix your garden’s trouble spots with these low-growing perennials, annuals, and shrubs.

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Ajuga

Glossy leaves in shades of deep green, bronze, and chocolate-brown make this perennial a great low-growing lawn alternative for almost any climate. In summer months, little spikes of blue, purple, pink or white flowers will appear. Ajuga spreads rapidly in varying conditions, tolerating shade or sun.

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Sedum

Low-growing varieties of sedum make easy-to-care-for ground covers, especially since its fleshy leaves retain enough water to survive dry spells. While some have small flowers, the main focal point is the colorful foliage, which ranges from chartreuse to bronze. It needs full sun to survive.

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Dianthus

Straight from your grandma’s garden, Dianthus is an old-fashioned perennial with a vanilla-like scent. Sometimes called Pinks because the petals look like they’ve been trimmed with pinking shears, this pretty ground cover comes in a range of heights, anywhere from low-growing to 2 feet tall. It needs full sun to bloom best.

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Article by ARRICCA ELIN SANSONE for Good Housekeeping©

Source: 20 Best Ground Cover Plants and Flowers – Low Maintenance Ground Covers to Prevent Weeds (goodhousekeeping.com)

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