What Are the Best Ground Cover Plants for Softscaping?

Ground cover plants like creeping thyme, sedum, and vinca offer low-maintenance solutions for covering bare ground. 

 

Ground cover plants are an excellent addition to softscaping, offering a low-maintenance and visually appealing way to cover large areas. Here are some of the best ground cover plants that you can consider for softscaping: 

 

1. **Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia):** 

   - Low-growing with vibrant yellow-green foliage. 

   - Spreads quickly and is suitable for sun to partial shade. 

 

2. **Periwinkle (Vinca minor):** 

   - Evergreen with glossy green leaves. 

   - Produces blue or purple flowers and is adaptable to various conditions. 

 

3. **Ajuga (Ajuga reptans):** 

   - Forms a dense mat of colorful foliage. 

   - Offers various leaf colors, including green, burgundy, and bronze. 

 

4. **Liriope (Liriope spicata):** 

   - Grass-like foliage with spikes of purple or white flowers. 

   - Tolerant of shade and drought. 

 

5. **Thyme (Thymus spp.):** 

   - Fragrant herb with creeping varieties. 

   - Offers evergreen foliage and small flowers. 

 

6. **Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans):** 

   - Low-growing with colorful foliage. 

   - Produces spikes of blue flowers and is suitable for shade. 

 

7. **Sedum (Sedum spp.):** 

   - Succulent ground cover with various varieties. 

   - Drought-tolerant and provides different textures and colors. 

 

8. **Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum):** 

   - Whorls of green leaves and small white flowers. 

   - Thrives in shade and has a sweet fragrance. 

 

9. **Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis):** 

   - Evergreen ground cover with glossy leaves. 

   - Suitable for shade and forms a dense carpet. 

 

10. **Corsican Mint (Mentha requienii):** 

    - Low-growing mint with a strong fragrance. 

    - Ideal for pathways and between stepping stones. 

 

11. **Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum):** 

    - Colorful foliage with variegated patterns. 

    - Suitable for shade and produces small flowers. 

 

12. **Ice Plant (Delosperma spp.):** 

    - Succulent ground cover with colorful, daisy-like flowers. 

    - Drought-tolerant and suitable for sunny locations. 

 

13. **Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis):** 

    - Spreads quickly with small blue flowers. 

    - Forms a dense mat and is suitable for sun to part shade. 

 

14. **Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum spp.):** 

    - Succulent rosettes with various colors and textures. 

    - Drought-tolerant and suitable for rock gardens. 

 

15. **Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis):** 

    - Evergreen ground cover with glossy, serrated leaves. 

    - Thrives in shade and forms a dense carpet. 

 

16. **Mazus (Mazus reptans):** 

    - Spreading ground cover with small, purple flowers. 

    - Tolerates moist conditions and is suitable for sun to part shade. 

 

17. **Woolly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus):** 

    - Low-growing thyme with woolly silver-gray foliage. 

    - Drought-tolerant and suitable for sunny locations. 

 

18. **Ground Morning Glory (Convolvulus sabatius):** 

    - Trailing plant with blue or purple funnel-shaped flowers. 

    - Suitable for hanging baskets and ground cover. 

 

19. **Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida):** 

    - Mat-forming ground cover with fern-like foliage. 

    - Suitable for moist, shady areas. 

 

20. **Dymondia (Dymondia margaretae):** 

    - Low-growing ground cover with silver-gray foliage. 

    - Drought-tolerant and suitable for sunny locations. 

 

When selecting ground cover plants, consider factors such as sunlight exposure, soil conditions, and the overall design aesthetic of your softscape. Mixing different ground cover plants can create a visually interesting and low-maintenance landscape.