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Ground Covers

Dependable and hardworking, groundcovers are wonderful little plants that bind loose soils, reduce weed growth and provide beautiful foliage while minimizing mowing. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, they can be evergreen, fragrant, colorful, drought tolerant or deer resistant.

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Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific Silver Fir)

Abies amabilis ‘Spreading Star’ is a low-growing, evergreen conifer forming a widely spreading mound adorned with thick, overlapping, horizontal to arching branches clothed in a lush foliage of fluffy, green, long needles with silvery undersides. Slow-growing, 3-4 in. per year (7-10 cm), this Pacific Silver Fir is a great choice for small gardens or rockeries.

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Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' (Greek Fir)

A popular selection, Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' (Greek Fir) is a dwarf evergreen conifer rich of many habits. Depending on the nature of the scionwood used in propagation, this dwarf selection could present itself as a low, spreading mat of sharp, stiff, glossy dark green needles with silvery underneath. It can also be seen as an upright pyramidal tree adorned with sturdy, short branches.

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Abies koreana 'Green Carpet' (Korean Fir)

Abies koreana 'Green Carpet' (Korean Fir) is a dwarf, evergreen conifer forming a compact, flat, round cushion adorned with attractive fresh green needles in spring, turning dark green over the summer. Abundant purple cones are held upright along the branches, creating a lovely contrast against the foliage. Slow-growing, 2 in. per year (5 cm), this Korean Fir is a great choice for small gardens, containers or rockeries and makes a handsome groundcover.

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Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.

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Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag) is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial forming an attractive tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped, golden-yellow leaves adorned with olive green stripes. The foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised and evergreen in mild winter areas.

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Agastache 'Black Adder' (Giant Hyssop)

Eye-popping, this Agastache will add color and a lovely spiky texture to your garden. Hummingbirds will thank you for it!

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Agastache rugosa 'Little Adder' (Anise Hyssop)

Compact and very floriferous, Agastache rugosa 'Little Adder' (Anise Hyssop) is a short, well-branched perennial with a remarkably long floral display, extending from late spring to fall. Masses of tubular, two-lipped lavender-blue flowers, held in showy spikes, are borne atop a bushy foliage clump of licorice-scented leaves.

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Agave parryi var. huachucensis (Artichoke Agave)

Fairly compact and cold tolerant, Agave parryi var. huachucensis (Artichoke Agave) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming tight rosettes of broad, thick, rigid, silvery-gray leaves with a conspicuous dark terminal spine.

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Agave parryi var. truncata 'Huntington' (Artichoke Agave)

Highly sought after, Agave parryi var. truncata 'Huntington' (Artichoke Agave) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming tight rosettes of thick, broad, short, pale blue-gray leaves with widely spaced small teeth and a wavy terminal spine. Dark reddish-brown on new leaves, the spines fade to gray on older leaves. Adding intriguing beauty, the leaves carry on their lower surfaces the distinct imprints of the thorny leaf margins of the previous outer leaf-bud.

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Agave parryi var. truncata (Artichoke Agave)

Fairly compact and cold tolerant, Agave parryi var. truncata (Artichoke Agave) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming tight rosettes of broad, short, thick, silvery-blue leaves with conspicuous reddish-brown teeth and terminal spines.

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Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Horizon' (Floss Flower)

One of the tallest, Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Horizon' (Floss Flower) features fluffy round clusters of lavender to purplish-blue flowers resembling asters.

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Ageratum houstonianum (Floss Flower)

An old favorite with its fluffy round clusters, Ageratum houstonianum (Floss Flower) is one of the few annuals to tolerate light shade

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Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Carpet Bugle)

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Carpet Bugle) is a creeping perennial prized for its short spikes of fragrant, deep blue flowers and very glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves. Blooming in late spring to early summer, the flowers rise above the contrasting, spreading rosettes formed by the leaves, putting on an eye-catching display.

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Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' (Carpet Bugle)

Fast growing, Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its blueberry-blue flowers and thick leaves, which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes. Emerging with a bronze flush in mid-spring, the small but weather resistant, green leaves contrast nicely with the lavender-blue flower spikes

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Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Carpet Bugle)

Fast growing, Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous perennial prized for its rich blue flowers and contrasting bronze-tinged leaves, which quickly form a dense mat of attractive rosettes. Ajuga reptans is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover, which will thrive in shady areas where grass has difficulty growing.

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