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Ground cover perennials blooming all summer in the garden


Ground-cover perennials appeared in my garden one of the first: I needed beautiful, undemanding to care creeping plants.

Over time, their cheerful rug became an excellent background for bright annuals and perennial flowers. A nice bonus was the ability of these plants to displace weeds from the flower bed.

Flowering plants all summer need a simple but regular care: watering and feeding, so that they maintain the brightness of the color. Their diversity is so great that for an area with any climate you can pick up good varieties.

Benefits of Creeping Perennials

Creeping plants can have beautifully colored foliage or to please the eye with a long flowering of buds. They decorate rabatki, borders, flower beds, with pleasure fill the space of tree trunks around trees, climb the decorative rocky hills.

Benefits of ground cover perennials:

  • thick weaves of stalks and roots leave no chance for weeds, there is not a single impregnation in the colored rug,
  • the fertile soil layer under reliable protection, small roots, densely germinating, firmly holding it in place, not allowing the wind and rain to wash or blow it off its place, this property of plants on the slopes and hills is especially beneficial,
  • The cover-covering canopy replaces the layer of mulch, protecting the soil from drying out, preserving fertility,
  • With the help of these flowers in a short time, you can cover the area with a decorative rug, to hide the disadvantages of the relief.

If you plant in their creeping plants, the site will quickly acquire a well-groomed appearance. There are flowers that prefer sunny places, but there are some that feel great in the shaded corners.

Varieties of Sedum

Sedum (Sedum) - the plant is unpretentious, long and abundantly blooms, suitable for alpine corners. Both the flowers and the leaves of the sedum are beautiful, gardeners know many of its species.

  1. The thick-leaved Sedum with a height of several centimeters has numerous round leaves with a bluish bloom, blooms with white flowers in the first decade of summer.
  2. Eversa Sedum begins to bloom in early summer, the flowers are pink.
  3. The rock variety has falling stems, bluish leaves, blooms with bright pink flowers in late summer.
  4. The scabaceous sedum is a low, creeping plant, recognizable by its leaves-rosettes, it blooms in the middle of summer with yellow flowers.
  5. The hybrid false stonecrop has motley leaves, colored in various shades of green, and it pleases everyone with colors that can be pink, white or red.
  6. Mountain Sedum is distinguished by small, long leaves, yellow flowers that bloom throughout the summer,
  7. The caustic stonecrop blooms with small star flowers of yellow and green, grows up to 7 cm.

Sedum likes sunny places, it costs only by watering, without additional dressing. Having planted it on the site, it is possible to issue the Alpine hill, the path in the sunny part of the garden.

Awesome Phlox

The awl-shaped phloxs form a thick, fluffy carpet of stems 15–20 cm high, topped with pink, blue, white or crimson flowers. Blooming twice - in May-June and September-October. Phlox ground cover sensitive to the illumination area, in need of feeding, like light, loose soil.

It is impossible to overwet beds with phloxes. Experienced gardeners recommend cooking a mixture of garden soil and sand or dolomite soil for planting these flowers.

On the flowerbeds, the combination of several shades of styloid phloxes, combination with low-key alpine plants, looks beautiful.

Cistus (Kotula) - a plant popular due to the bright yellow fragrant flowers and brilliant dark green foliage. She loves moisture, grows well in brightly lit and shaded places.

One of the best places for it is the shore of the reservoir, the plant effectively borders it.

Carnation travyanka

Carnation travyanka blooms almost constantly from spring to autumn. Plants about 15 cm tall resemble a clove in miniature. It has bluish light green stems and leaves, flowers of red, white or red-white color.

Excessive moisture is destructive for this plant, it grows well on lighted hills with light ground. When planting a grass in tree trunks, gardeners decorate the garden and mulch the soil, preventing the weeds from growing.


Kamnelomka is unpretentious to the composition of the soil, but the presence of coarse sand or fine crushed stone in the ground is mandatory for it. It grows lush bushes that grow over time.

Periwinkle is an evergreen creeping plant. The unpretentious groundcover grows quickly, forming an attractive dark green rug with blue flecks of flowers.

Yaskolka is a popular ground cover with silvery, pubescent leaves and small white flowers. It grows well in the sun and in the lace shade of tree trunks.

Ground cover plants are diverse, except for a small height they are united by disease resistance, durability, frost resistance.

Aloe phlox

The shrub got its name due to the shape of the leaves: they are narrow with strongly pointed ends. The people referred to as "moss cloves". North America is considered the birthplace of this perennial. It has many varieties:

  • Thumbelina,
  • Candy Strips,
  • Telly,
  • Aurora,
  • Amazin Grace,
  • Coral Ai
  • Myshnee

The plant reaches a height of 15−18 cm. Flowers are approximately 2.5 cm in diameter. There are a variety of colors: shades of white, pink, purple, red, purple. And also two-color varieties were bred artificially.

Frost resistant. The stems and leaves remain green even under the snow. It blooms from May to June and from August to September. Easy to breed and grow. Already in a short time after planting it grows in a dense layer. Great for creating flower arrangements in landscape design.

This plant is best planted in open sunlight. Suitable for planting any soil. In the hot season and under the scorching rays of the sun requires regular watering so that the inflorescences do not fade. Pruning contributes to the growth of new leaf shoots and re-bloom.

Phlox multiplies in two ways: cutting and rhizome division. The second method can be produced every two to three years.

Veronica plant

It belongs to the family Podorozhnikov. This plant is also called "snake grass". The height of this perennial varies from 10 to 120 cm. Most popular varieties (there are approximately 500 varieties):

  • Caucasian Veronica,
  • big
  • bushes,
  • shoots
  • kolosavaya
  • medicinal,
  • Steller,
  • pedicle,
  • broadleaf
  • filiform,
  • gentian,
  • Austrian,
  • Armenian

Frost-resistant perennial, therefore widely distributed in almost all countries. Flowers blue and blue shades. Unpretentious to care and soil for planting, likes abundant watering. Pruning should be done only after flowering. The plant should be well composted and periodically weeded. Propagated by cuttings, seeds and division of the bush.

Veronica is perfect for decoration of flowerbeds, rockeries and other flower arrangements, it is perfectly combined with other colors. The plant has healing properties and is widely used in traditional medicine.

Periwinkle flower

The groundcover perennial blooming all summer belongs to the Kutrov family. Height ranges from 10 to 50 cm. Main types:

  • periwinkle,
  • big,
  • straight,
  • grassy,
  • fragrant,
  • pink.

Evergreen ground cover perennial can grow in almost any conditions: in the shade and under the scorching sun, on almost any soil (although preferably loose soil enriched with oxygen). Frost-resistant perennial. Flowers pink, purple and sky blue shades. His time falls from May to June.

Plant the plant should be at a distance of about 30 cm, since the periwinkle is spreading rapidly. It is widely used in traditional medicine for the treatment of depression, atherosclerosis, hypertension, schizophrenia, and circulatory problems.

Aubrieta, or aubrecia

People call this plant windbag. Belongs to the Cabbage family. It has many varieties:

  • Blue King,
  • Cascade
  • Red king
  • Joy,
  • Cote d'Azur
  • Aurea variegata,
  • Royal cascade.

The countries of the Mediterranean are considered the native region. The leaves of this perennial do not lose color even with strong frosts.

It blooms in May and June, and then, after pruning, again in the fall. The color of flowers is blue, pink, purple and purple hues. The plant produces fruit in the form of a pod with seeds inside.

Aubrieto should not be watered too often. Several times in the warm season, perennials need to be fed with mineral fertilizers. Propagated by seeds or cuttings. The plant should be cut high quality after the first spring flowering.

Perennial astilbe

Groundcover is perennial, blooming throughout the summer. Belongs to the family Kamenelomkovyh. It grows from 8 cm to 2 m in height.

The main types of astilba:

  • Astilba Fanel,
  • Arends,
  • Rock and roll,
  • Federsee,
  • japanese
  • snow white
  • oblong
  • Bergk Ristall,
  • Chinese

The areas of growth of this perennial are Asia, North America and Japan. The plant grows from 20 cm to 2 m in height. Inflorescences 20–60 cm long come in white, purple, red, pink, purple. The flowering period begins in June and lasts about two months. Astilba produces fruit in the form of boxes with seeds. This perennial is often planted among various flower arrangements.

The plant prefers fertile, enriched with useful substances, soil, not too strong lighting and abundant watering. For fertilizer use organic humus. Seedlings placed at a distance of 35−50 cm from each other. Immediately after planting, the soil should be ground with sawdust, tree bark or dry grass.

This perennial can do without a transplant and grow in one place up to 5 years. Propagated by dividing the rhizome, seed and budding. The composition is perfectly combined with geraniums, irises, lilies of the valley, primroses.

Alyssum species

Cruciferous plant. It also has other names: “small borachka”, or “marine lobularia”. Grows in height from 15 cm to 1 m. There are more than 100 varieties, the most popular of them are:

  • rocky alissum,
  • Pyrenean,
  • silver,
  • creeping,
  • borage,
  • cup,
  • Borzi,
  • Dagestan,
  • razmotebelny,
  • Gmelin,
  • long-column,
  • obovate,
  • Atlantic,
  • rough,
  • crooked.

The southern countries of Europe, Asia and Siberia are considered the birthplace of this decorative perennial. He has a beautiful appearance and unpretentious care, so gardeners often give him preference when refining household plots.

Perennial perennial, which can grow in height to 10−40 cm. It has inflorescences with 4 petals. Color: pink, orange, red, white, mauve, yellow.

The plant has a bright and pleasant aroma.which attracts various insects and bees for pollination. After another flowering alissum produces fruit: small boxes of seeds. Requires regular watering in the warm season: once or twice a week. Spring should be pruned. This is done so that the perennial grows and gives new shoots.

It prefers a light and fertile soil rich in oxygen. It blooms from May to late autumn. It does not tolerate severe frosts, so the plant should be further warmed for the winter period. It needs periodic fertilizer with organic humus. Reproduction occurs by cuttings, dividing the rhizome and growing seedlings from seeds. Alyssum is harmoniously combined with irises, petunias, roses, tulips, coniferous low-growing plants, lilies, daisies. This perennial is an excellent choice for creating a variety of floral arrangements.

Popular types of geykhery

It is a representative of Kamenomlkovykh. Homeland growth - the territory of North America. The most common types are:

  • geyhera hybrid,
  • coracoid,
  • blood red
  • pink
  • hairy,
  • small flowers,
  • cylindrical,
  • American,
  • silver,
  • gooseberry leaves

Reaches a height of 45−60 cm, and some varieties grow to one meter. It is popular among gardeners due to the fact that the green part of the plant retains its appearance even in the cold season. The leaves come in a variety of colors: cream, red, brown, white, green, gray, purple. Perfectly copes with masking not too attractive sites of a garden.

Flowering begins in early June and continues until the end of the warm period of the year. Shades of inflorescences: red, white, pink, purple, purple, violet. Propagated by cuttings and seedlings grown from seeds. It is recommended to plant in wet, fertile soil, choose a place with shaded, diffused lighting. The soil must be drained: this will prevent rotting of the roots. Several times a year, perennials need to be fertilized with minerals.

Characteristics of splinters

Belongs to the family of Cloves. The natural habitat of growth is North America, Africa and Eurasia. It has about 200 varieties, The most popular ones are:

  • Alpine falcon,
  • large-flowered,
  • Bieberstein
  • felt,
  • snow white
  • meadow,
  • small-color,
  • purple,
  • silky,
  • pink

Grows in size 15−35 cm in height. It has small and whole leaves. White flowers, 2−3 cm in diameter. Fruits in the form of a box with brown seeds inside.

It is preferable to plant this perennial in moist soil in a semi-shaded place. Feed regularly with organic fertilizer. It blooms from May to July. It is possible to increase the landing area by seeds, cuttings, or by dividing the mother bush into several children. The period from April to May is traditionally considered the most suitable time for planting.

Iberis, or stennik

Also referred to as the "mate". It belongs to the Cruciferous family. Popular types:

  • Iberis umbrella,
  • evergreen,
  • Gibraltsky,
  • bitter,
  • rocky,
  • Crimean,
  • hollow,
  • large-flowered
  • fragrant.

It has a pronounced honey aroma. It is a kind of “mat” of green foliage, covered with small flowers of pink, violet, purple, white or yellow. Flowers have 4 petals. Stems reach a height of 25−40 cm

Iberis is a heat-loving plant, but it also endures the cold with endurance. It blooms in June and July. Does not like too wet soil, prefers bright sunshine and sandy soil. The plant must be regularly fertilized and very carefully monitor the irrigation periodicals: it should be infrequent, only in case of severe drought. Breeding takes place with the help of seeds and cuttings. Iberis is resistant to various diseases and pests.

Ground cover perennials perfectly decorate any garden plot. In addition, the diversity of their choice is striking: it makes it possible to create different floral arrangements that will not require special care.

Growing benefits

Crawling perennials can be planted in any gardens and personal plots. They are not demanding to growing conditions, they are not afraid of the shadow. The main advantages of perennials blooming all summer are the following:

  • the possibility of growing in areas where nothing except weeds is growing,
  • good tolerance of direct sunlight and shade tolerance,
  • the growth of roots on the surface of the soil, thanks to this the flower beds can be given the desired look, the soil will not crumble,
  • performing the role of mulch,
  • no need of planting plants every year,
  • a wide variety of varieties.

Cover perennial flowers can grow on infertile soils. The more fertilizer to be applied, the more intensive will be the growth of green mass and fewer colors. Therefore, poor soil nutrients are considered the most appropriate.

In winter, the stalks of ground cover plants begin to die off. If you leave them, they will become fertilizer for the soil and will protect their own roots from freezing.

With the help of perennials planting creeping flowers, you can protect soils from blowing by the wind and washing out the fertile layer by rain. They also allow you to deal with weeds. Ground-cover flowers perennials cover the soil with a dense carpet, they completely replace weeds.

Selection of perennials

Choosing perennials for the garden, you can pay attention to the ground cover plants. They cover the earth with a dense flowering carpet. But before buying you need to find out the recommended growing conditions, look at the photos of perennials with creeping flowers with the names of each of them. So it will be easier to choose the most attractive and suitable for growing conditions options.

When choosing, you need to focus on the following nuances:

  • soil composition
  • наличие иных растений, где планируется высадка почвопокровников,
  • the amount of sunlight in the area where the flowers will grow,
  • soil moisture, many ground cover plants can develop only in dry conditions.

When planting near other flowers, it is necessary to pay attention to their compatibility in color, shape, size. Care for close-growing plants should be similar. It is unacceptable to plant drought-resistant ground cover perennials and flowers, which must be watered frequently.

Experts have more than 500 subspecies of this plant. Using only stonecrops, you can make a unique flower garden, in which flowers will vary in appearance, size, color. They begin to bloom in June, the flowering period lasts until September.

Most stonecrop grows better in sunny places, but there are subspecies that prefer shade. These plants are planted instead of a living border in flowerbeds, paths, they look good on rocky slopes.

It is necessary to combine stonecrop with flowers that tolerate drought well, because this groundcover perennial, blooming all summer, does not tolerate high humidity.

Often, the owners of private plots planted sedum. This is one of the most undersized ground cover perennials. Its height does not exceed 3-5 cm. In early June, it is covered with small yellow flowers. But on shaded areas it can bloom poorly.

Flowering creeping alissum begins in May. The stems of this plant are covered with small pubescent leaves of a grayish color and yellow flowers. In nature, there are many varieties of this plant. Rocky alissum grows to 40 cm in height, and mountain to 11 cm.

The ground cover perennial alissum grows in the form of hemispherical bushes. Its stems are strongly branching, their bases become wooden. Flowers are grouped into inflorescences; they exude a pronounced honey aroma that attracts bees.

This groundcover perennial is used to create flowerbeds and borders. With their help decorate the alpine hills. It grows well in bright places. Temperature fluctuations are not terrible for him, he endures a cold snap up to + 15 ° С.

In May, unpretentious, fast-growing perennials, called the yaskolka, begin to bloom on the backyards. Photos of these ground cover plants attract many people who are thinking about the formation of landscape design. Blossom yaskolka begins at 2 years after disembarkation, but it grows very quickly. In a short time overgrown vast territories.

Jascolka refers to unpretentious perennials. But for good development, the plant requires a bright sun. Watering, fertilizing splinters is not necessary. Any soil is suitable, but the best sprout grows in areas with poor soil.

Seeds of these ground cover perennials sow better in the fall. With this method of planting next year, you can get seedlings. For reproduction of bushes using cuttings, plant a plant in May. For winter, dry stems should be cut off, and the ground cover should be covered with spruce leaves to prevent freezing.

Related Highlander

In group plantings, a ground-covering perennial called a mountaineer akin looks good. It is actively used to decorate borders.

The mountaineer grows 20-25 cm, it has attractive heart-shaped foliage, and small flowers are collected in inflorescences. This groundcover perennial grows well in both sunny and shaded areas.

The mountaineer begins to bloom in May, the flowering period lasts 80-90 days. It tolerates drought well, stagnant groundwater should not be in the place of its cultivation. He tolerates frosts easily, but in snow-free winters it is better to cover with spruce leaves.

It is great for decorating shores of artificial small reservoirs, it is combined with low onion plants and other perennials. But when creating compositions, it is necessary to take into account that a related highlander can supplant less resistant species.

Yellow Crested

A rare ground cover perennial is the yellow-hen. It starts to bloom simultaneously with snowdrops in early spring, but the flowers delight the owners of the plots until late autumn. When flowering seeds are formed, which are scattered around and can germinate in the first year.

This ground cover perennial is sought by many owners of personal plots who create landscape design themselves. During the flowering period, bright yellow flowers look interesting against the background of open green foliage. Depending on the growing conditions, the height varies between 15–30 cm.

The plant is highly resilient, it grows in all conditions. In nature, yellow crested can be found in mountain forests, on cliffs, shady rocks. They prefer dry, sandy soil. Best grows among the stones of the chick. It grows well in the shade, but in sunny areas the flowering will be more abundant.


Juniper is a popular ground cover conifer perennial. Landscape designers prefer to plant it in the centers of flower beds or at the corners of the flower bed. Evergreen shoots will decorate any area at a time when other flowers have not yet blossomed.

In May, the juniper begins to bloom. On it are formed spherical or elongated yellow cones of a male and green cones of a female. In the autumn, the color of the pine cones changes to black-violet or dark blue, in some they become brown-red, sometimes with a bluish bloom.

Evergreen styloid phlox

After seeing the styloid phlox, many are interested in the name of this groundcover perennial. The flowers are bright, during the flowering period they completely cover the leaves. Phlox forms an evergreen dense carpet. Flowers he may be white, purple or crimson. Color subulate phlox twice a year. It blooms for the first time in May-June, and in the second in September.

It is easy to care for phlox. This plant is unpretentious, but it is impossible to overwet the soil on which it grows. With a high level of humidity it deteriorates. Phloxam suitable dry, loose, alkaline soils. It is advised to add dolomite flour and sand to the ground on which the styloid phlox will land.

Many landscape designers like to combine several types of phlox on one club. The awl-shaped phlox grows small, the height of the plant is 10 cm, it has long pointed leaves. This makes it look like a coniferous plant.

For the winter, this creeping perennial is advised to cover. This will save him from freezing in the cold and soaking in the spring, when the snow begins to melt.

Sedum or sedum.

Plants are particularly unpretentious and resistant to drought and heat. Sedum quickly occupy large areas, spreading out on the ground or stones.

The plant is densely covered with small white flowers. Looks particularly advantageous when landing in cascades.


Low-growing groundcover that needs watering and very good lighting. Even in the penumbra bloom does not occur. Frost culture is high.

A plant that requires a lot of sun. The soil needs dry. If these requirements are not met, the bushes will begin to decay and the attractive appearance of the plant is lost.

The plant creates a dense flowering carpet with a minimum of soil. Flowers collected in dense corymbose inflorescence, are from blue to dark blue. It grows very quickly.

The plant is up to 7 cm in height, the birthplace of which is Australia and New Zealand. Winters in the middle lane fully. Flowers are not expressive and not attractive. The main interest is dense greens, which quickly forms a kotula.

The most common type of evergreen ground cover plants. Its height reaches 20 cm. The shoots are ground plants, creeping. Leaves are leathery, shiny. Flowers from white to dark lilac shades.

The listed ground covers are the most popular. Except them, there is still a huge number of plants that can create a beautiful green carpet that will bloom.

Plants blooming all summer

When choosing ground cover plants, most gardeners prefer those species that can please flowers throughout the summer. There are many such plants and, if you wish, you can create unusual compositions in your garden. The most popular perennials blooming all summer:

Plants form a very dense green carpet that blooms profusely. Combining different varieties in your backyard plot, you can create sophisticated bright sketches. Depending on the variety, asterisk flowers can be white, yellow or pink.

Flowers that start blooming in early summer

In order for the garden to start pleasing the host with flowers as early as possible, it is necessary to plant not only plants that bloom in the middle and late summer, but also bloom in its beginning and even in the spring months.

Perfectly copes with the task of early flowering, begins to actively bloom in the last days of May. The plant forms very dense pads, covered with rather large red, white or pink flowers. Soylnik height from 5 to 16 cm.

Veronica filamentous.

It is also an early beginning to bloom the ground cover species of plants. Graceful dark blue flowers are very attractive, and the area where Veronica blooms, looks like a light cloud.

Not only decorative, but also a medicinal plant. It begins to bloom from the end of May. Since a large number of plant varieties have been bred, the flowers can be of a very different color. The most popular plants with yellow-green foliage and bright pink flowers.

Very actively blooms from mid-May. Small flowers are collected in large racemes. Varieties and hybrids of alissum differ not only in the variety of shades, but also in the height of the plant, which can vary from 6 to 40 cm.

Shallow perennial ground cover plants

Shade-tolerant and shade-loving species are plants with different lighting requirements. The former may exist with a lack of sun, while the latter do not tolerate the direct sun. The most popular ground cover plants used in landscaping are the following plants:

The flower is perennial and can grow up to 15 years under favorable conditions. Flowering plants from May to frost. Cold resistance is high, and without shelter it is able to transfer cold to -30 degrees.

The plant has small leaves that form a dense carpet, and flowers of a rich yellow color, in the form of a chamomile. The frost resistance of doronicum is very high. Without transplantation in one place the plant is grown up to 4 years.

Such low groundlands are most popular:

  • thyme,
  • alissum
  • kotula,
  • some varieties of periwinkle,
  • saxifrage,
  • violet,
  • rejuvenated
  • loosestrife.

Most ground covers have a small height. Because of this, they are very actively used on alpine slides, where large plants will look inappropriate.

Creeping plants

Creeping ground cover plants allow you to quickly fill large areas without buying a large amount of planting material for this. Such ground covers grow rapidly and therefore require constant monitoring, otherwise they easily turn into weeds, pulling in the area, drowning out other flowers.

Creeping ground cover plants include:

  • creeping creep
  • thyme,
  • aubrecia
  • periwinkle
  • veronica,
  • loosestrife.

Creeping plants are highly resistant. If they left the zone allotted to them and aggressively captured a large area, it would be rather difficult to remove them from it, since even the small remnants of their roots quickly give a new plant, from which the same season begins to grow.

Peculiarities of care for perennial ground covers

Despite the diversity of species and varieties of ground cover perennials, general recommendations for their cultivation are available. With their observance, it is possible to achieve an ideal state of a flower bed, which, even in adverse weather conditions, turns out to be an attractive green carpet. In the absence of proper care, the plants cannot adequately tighten the soil, and there will be bald spots and heads.

In the first year after planting, it is necessary to carry out weeding, since they cannot compete with the weeds until the moment of active growth. To prevent the earth from drying out excessively, it is recommended to do weeding in the evening or early in the morning.

When the plants grow strongly, they are divided, after which the ground covers are planted to maintain an attractive appearance. These works are held in the fall. There is no need to feed the plants. Watering is carried out only for those who need moist soil. It should be carried out no more than once a week, and only if there are no rains.

Application in landscape design

Apply ground cover plants in landscape design when creating rockeries, alpine slides, lawn devices. Also of them are blooming carpets along the paths and under the trees.

Since rockeries are easier to create than the alpine slide, in most cases it is such a design of a site that is chosen. Even a beginner can cope with the creation of a similar element of landscape design.

Ground cover plants are perennials - an interesting category of ornamental plants for landscaping, which you should definitely pay attention to. With minimal care, they give the maximum decorative effect.

Ground cover plants and their features

It's hard to imagine now landscapes on his country site, the design of which does not use creeping plants. Ground cover plants, depending on their variety, can have dotted carved leaves, which are beautifully decorated in compact bushes, or delicate and fragrant inflorescences.

Ground cover perennials can be used to frame garden paths that are located along the fence, and also serve as a border for garden beds, complement stone landscaping compositions, and also plant near the trunks of small trees. Ground cover plants gardeners are accustomed to fill the voids in their summer cottage. They plant creeping perennials where other crops other than weeds are unable to grow.

Ground cover plants for the suburban area have a number of advantages, unlike other garden flowers and ornamental grasses. These benefits are as follows:

  • The unpretentiousness of the ground covers is their main quality. Such creeping plants are recommended to be planted in areas with poor, barren soil. However, if you overdo it with the amount of fertilizer, the flowers at the ground cover perennials will be homely, in small quantities, since the flower will give all its forces to the development of its greenery and growth.
  • Ability to grow on the sunny side of the site, as well as in the shade. Among the many ground covers, the gardener can find for himself precisely those plants that will respond to all his requests.
  • The root system of creeping plants develops not deep into the soil, but wide. This property allows the root system to restrain the soil, giving it a certain shape. Thus, the flowerbed will not crumble.
  • With the onset of winter, the stems and inflorescences of perennial ground covers die off, if they are not removed at the same time, dried plants will be fertilizer for the soil, and also serve as protection from the cold for their own root system.
  • Ground covers also play the role of mulch. The sun rays do not break through the solid carpet, the soil does not dry out, and various weeds do not grow on the plot. In addition, a solid carpet of ground covers prevents soil leaching, as well as its weathering.
  • Almost all types of plants that are able to crawl on the surface of the soil are perennial, so their seeds are bought and sown only once. After that, a flower carpet of plants is formed by cutting, splitting a bush or in other ways.
  • A variety of varieties of ground cover perennials allows you to choose any plant for your summer cottage. Here you can find plants with beautiful flowers, carved leaves, fast-growing or decorated, able to bloom throughout the season or remain forever green for a year.

The most popular varieties of ground covers

As mentioned earlier, there are a huge number of different varieties of ground cover plants. Their differences are not only in appearance and decorative characteristics, but also in terms of flowering, methods of reproduction, requirements for light, humidity and soil composition.

Before you start choosing perennial groundcovers, there are several major factors to consider:

  • It is necessary to determine the type of basic plants in your flowerbed, where the ground covers will be planted, as these plants should be in harmony and be combined with the neighboring flowers in color, watering mode, height.
  • It is also necessary to pay attention to the composition of the soil. Most creeping plants prefer light, lean soils, but among them you can also find those that need to be fertilized regularly.
  • We'll have to take into account the shade or illumination area.
  • Влажность земли, близкое расположение грунтовых вод, наличие рядом водоема также играет немаловажную роль. Ведь не все виды почвопокровников могут развиваться при условиях повышенной влажности почвы. Имеется некоторый риск переувлажнения почвы, особенно это касается низин. In such areas, bushes can rot and rot.
  • It is also necessary to take into account the amount of free space in your area, which should fill the selected type of ground cover.

Attention! Many creeping plants grow rapidly, filling all the free space in your area. Among the ground covers, you can also find aggressive species that can kill not only weeds, but also cultural flowers that grow with them in the neighborhood.

This representative of the ground covers may bloom throughout the summer. Currently, ground cover stonecrops have about five hundred subspecies in their genus. Despite this, only with one type of stonecrop can create a colorful and beautiful flower garden, as all varieties differ not only in their shape, size and color of inflorescences, but also in the height of the bushes, the shape of the shoots and the shape of the leaves.

Very organically stonecrop will look on a rocky slope, in rabatkah or rockeries, in the form of a living curb on garden paths and flower beds.

It is also worth noting that most varieties of stonecrops prefer to grow in the sun, but there are also shade-loving species of this perennial. The first flowers of stonecrop, as a rule, appear at the beginning of June, and flowering ends only with the arrival of September.

Sedum is an excellent option for lazy gardeners, as it does not require special care regarding watering, fertilizing. Winter, this perennial can easily be transferred without any shelter. You can grow this ground cover with the help of:

The only thing, what does not tolerate stonecrop, is high soil moisture, this is best avoided.

Splayed Phlox

This variety of ground cover plants will be a great neighbor for the above perennial, as its flowering begins a little later. The inflorescences of splayed phlox are slightly larger than those of the styloid, but the bushes are not so dense.

The plant will feel most comfortable in well-lit areas of the garden, the perennial also does not like stagnant moisture and frequent, abundant watering.

Sowing seeds is recommended only twice a year:

Propagation of the ground cover is pretty fast. Plants do not need any fertilizer, as a last resort, it is recommended to use wood ash, and mineral fertilizers should be avoided, as the number of inflorescences on the bush will decrease from them.

Splayed Phlox It is recommended to land on elevations that are well lit by the sun. If the ground cover is planted in a low area, then it can mate. With the onset of cold weather, it is necessary to organize the shelter of the bushes with fir branches, since the spreading phlox does not tolerate even the weakest frosts.

This species is one of the most unpretentious regarding the care of the ground cover. Flowering plants begin in May. At the same time on the bushes there are a lot of white flowers. The height of one bush on average reaches 15 cm.

Seeds of yaskolki are sown for the winter. Thus, for the next season you can get ready seedlings. The first flowering perennial after sowing will appear only in a year. Despite this, the perennial grows fairly quickly, in a short time a large area of ​​the flower beds will be filled with this plant.

This perennial variety is very unpretentious. The only thing that is necessary for good development is the bright sun. As for regular watering or feeding, the splinter does not need it. Any soil will suit, but it is recommended to choose a plot with poor soil.

Perennials are propagated by grafting, as well as planting in late spring. With the onset of cold weather, dry stems must be cut and covered with spruce plants.