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Landscape Design

Stunning, water-smart gardens don’t just happen — they’re planned.

Our guides on intelligent landscape design will help you place plants for optimal visual impact, use water resources wisely, choose the right plant for the right place, and put your unique mark on your property. Turn your place into an eco-oasis!

50 Desert Plants - 10 Most Common + 40 Others with Pics & Facts

Flower Gardens

In the world's most inhospitable landscapes, a botanical marvel unfolds—desert plants. These resilient plants, sculpted by the relentless sun and scarce ...

Zen Garden Guide: What is it + Tips and Ideas to Get Started

Gardens

A Zen garden, also known as a Japanese rock garden, is a unique and beautiful way to create a serene ...

Creeping Phlox Guide: How to Plant and Grow Creeping Phlox

Flower Gardens

If you’re looking for a flowering ground cover that’s not only beautiful but also easy to grow, then Creeping Phlox ...

30 Best Ground Cover Plants (Low-Maintenance Options)

Flower Gardens

Ground cover plants are not only versatile but also super easy to care for. Although turfgrasses are the most common residential ground cover plants, some places just aren’t suitable for them. That’s where alternative ground cover plants come in handy! They can be used to decorate the spaces between stepping stones, fill in shady spots (like between tree roots), or replace grass (especially on slopes and hills that are hard to mow). Plus, not only does the low-growing foliage look nice, but ground cover plants have a lot of other benefits as well. They stop weeds from growing, control erosion, protect nearby plants from harsh winters, and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. In this article, as a master gardener, I’ve put together a list of the 30 best ground cover plants for your backyard, including colorful flowers, succulents, and evergreens. These ground cover plants will improve the curb appeal of your home, no matter if you have a tiny garden or a sizable landscaped yard. You’ll find key information such as sun conditions and zone requirements for each of them to help you quickly narrow down the options to find the ideal one for your garden.

How to Grow and Care for Ice Plants

Flower Gardens

Ice plant is a stunning succulent, perennial groundcover with vibrant, daisy-like flowers that bloom in a rainbow of colors. Despite ...

How to Grow and Care for Zoysia Grass Lawns Easily

Ground Cover

With its lush green carpet, exceptional resilience, and low-maintenance requirements, Zoysia grass has rightfully earned its place as a preferred ...

How to Grow and Care for Pampas Grass (Plus Decor Ideas!)

Ground Cover

Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), which is known for its white feathery plumes, will add a beautiful texture to any outdoor ...

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for St. Augustine Grass

Ground Cover

St. Augustine grass is a popular choice for many homeowners and landscapers, especially in warm climates like Florida and the ...

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Centipede Grass Lawn

Ground Cover

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, warm-season grass that is perfect for southern lawns, centipede grass might be the right ...

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Creeping Jenny Easily

Ground Cover

If you're looking for a low-maintenance, yet visually stunning plant to add to your garden or indoor collection, the creeping ...

Complete Guide to Planting and Caring for Perennial Ryegrass

Ground Cover

Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is a stunning cool-season grass that has gained popularity due to its versatility and adaptability. It's ...

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Mondo Grass

Ground Cover

Mondo grass, also known as monkey grass, is an evergreen perennial, making it an excellent standalone plant or a groundcover.  Mondo ...