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Add dramatic impact to your rock garden by choosing a variety of fast-growing groundcovers with attractive blooms. In this composition, the vivid purple blooms of Aubrieta deltoidea (Rock Cress) offer a lovely contrast to the shining blossoms of Aurinia saxatilis (Basket-of-Gold) or the pure white clusters of Iberis sempervirens (Evergreen Candytuft). They gently flow into each other, covering the stones of this rock garden with a stunning cascade of color.

These evergreen groundcovers are great picks for various reasons. They fill in spaces between rocks quickly. They are deer resistant and drought tolerant. They add year-round interest to the garden. Enjoy!

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Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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