The ground covers around My Garden Path have really filled in this year. I love having less area to weed and water. My favorite ground covers are very drought tolerant and have done well with no supplemental watering.
Portulaca is an annual that reseeds and shows up each spring in the sunny area of the garden. It spreads all summer and blooms non-stop. My daughter had some reseed in her garden that came up a different color than she had originally planted. I can't tell if that has happened here because I have every color of the rainbow planted.
The perennial peanut at the top of the picture is not showing off its cute yellow flowers. They are there but the camera didn't pick them up for some reason. This ground cover is very drought tolerant and grows very thick like a lawn. So far, the grandkids run on it and play and it holds up just fine. It does go brown in winter after a frost but it greens right back up as soon as the weather begins to warm.
Speaking of cute flowers, these fuzzy cattails belong to the dwarf chenille I have planted where the shady area begins. It does not hold up to foot traffic but it stayed green through the winter and it is quite drought tolerant now that it is established.
Sunshine mimosa is another pink fuzzy flower that the grandkids love to "pet." The leaves curl closed when touched giving this ground cover the nickname "sensitive plant." It disappears in winter and comes back when the rain and warm weather return.
Well, maybe I can have it all in a ground cover. This dwarf mondo grass is cold hardy, drought tolerant and holds up to foot traffic. It doesn't like the full-on afternoon sun though. It much prefers partial to full shade.
Ground covers are really appreciated around the Path especially in those areas where oak tree roots make it hard to plant anything with deep roots. They provide erosion control for the sloping backyard and they give some delineation to the jungle of plants they surround.
Do you like to use low growing ground covers in your garden? If so, what are some of your favorites?