Category: Groundcovers

Japanese Ardisia

Japanese ardisia (Ardisia japonica), also called marlberry, is an evergreen groundcover introduced from Japan and China. It is a low-growing, woody shrub that typically grows to a height of 8 to 12...

Weeping Ficus

Weeping ficus or fig (Ficus benjamina) is popular as houseplants, in offices and interior landscaping. They have an elegant form and dense, glossy dark foliage. Slender branches arch gracefully from...

Liriope

Liriope, sometimes called lilyturf, is among our best evergreen ground covers. It multiplies rapidly and requires very little care. It grows well throughout South Carolina. There are two major...

Wild Ginger

Although wild gingers, Asarum and Hexastylis species, can be found the world over, most of the ones that are cultivated for their ornamental value are native to the shaded woodlands of Asia and...

Juniper Groundcovers

There are more than 170 species and varieties of juniper (Juniperus species) available in nurseries. Some of the most commonly grown junipers include Chinese juniper (J. chinensis), creeping juniper...

Mondo Grass

Mondo grass, also known as monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), is an evergreen, sod-forming perennial. The scientific name is derived from ophis = snake, and pogon = beard, most probably referring...

Pachysandra

Pachysandra is used as a groundcover, particularly under trees, where it competes well for the limited sun, nutrients and water. The plants are adapted to deep or partial shade. When planted in full...

Periwinkle

Periwinkle is also called vinca or myrtle. Of the 12 species of periwinkle, two are popular groundcovers. All species have opposite leaves and single flowers. The perennial periwinkle should not be...

Ivy

Ivy plants include English ivy (Hedera helix), Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis), and Persian ivy (Hedera colchina). Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is an unrelated climbing plant used in...

Ajuga

Three species of Ajuga are particularly useful to gardeners in South Carolina. These species grow in any reasonably well drained soil and although tolerant of full sun, growth is more rapid in...

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