Full Sun Ground Cover

Full Sun Ground Cover

full sun ground coverThere are many choices available today for full sun ground cover. Over the years, new varieties, hybrids, and cultivars have vastly expanded the options. Plant names are continuously updated for accuracy, however, when ordering, verify the botanical (Latin) name to make sure you get the exact plant ordered. Common English names can refer to different plants. The botanical name consists of first, the genus (the first letter capitalized) and the second name is the species (in italics). Then, listed in order – the subspecies (‘subsp’), variety (var.) and forma (f.), and cultivar (the first letter capitalized, Roman type font, and single quote marks). These additional names specify small differences in specific plant traits. Subspecies differ in one or more specific characteristics. Varieties vary in a structure and flower differences. Cultivars are produced by selected breeding to gain the desired effect.

 

Whether full sun ground cover or any other type of plant you wish to include in your garden, referencing the botanical name guarantees you will get delivery of the plant you ordered, that fits your climate, soil type, and growth conditions. When choosing which plants to combine in full-sun areas, look at the various species in a genus, as their characteristics are similar.

 

Lavandula, LAVENDER

full sun ground cover 2Though Lavender is well-known as a drought-resistant plant, this native Mediterranean favorite shines as a full sun groundcover, with many low maintenance species. Highly prized for its fragrant lavender or purple flowers, varieties of this evergreen shrub bloom throughout the summer months. For an extended blooming period, combine a few different varieties to get early, mid, and late summer flowers. Some varieties, like L. dentate, French Lavender, have a long blooming period from spring through summer, and in temperate climates blossoms throughout the year. Lavender is not the best choice for hot climates with high humidity. The hot humidity promotes root rot, whereas hot, low humidity will not.

 

Lavender cultivation over the centuries provides several varieties and new hybrids from which to choose. The foliage varies from the grey-green of young growth to the medium-green of older leaves. Others varieties maintain their grey-green color. Various lavender species range from 6 inches to four feet in height. Flower shape and color varies with species, forma, hybrids, and cultivars. Lavender bushes need trimming back after blooming to avoid leggy growth and should be cut on the green part of the stem, not the woody part. This beautiful plant attracts butterflies, bees, and some birds. The most commonly known species of the lavender genus is Lavandulaofficinalis, English Lavender.

 

Perennial Full Sun Ground cover

Deciduous and evergreen perennials make excellent full sun ground cover. Deciduous perennials will die back in winter and reappear in spring, and the evergreen perennials stay alive through the winter, though some perennials marked deciduous, stay alive throughout the year in milder climates. Always check the plant’s native area, growing zones, soil type, and growth requirements first before purchasing.

 

The following perennials make lovely ground cover areas and hedges.

 

Agastache, GIANT HYSSOP

full sun ground cover 3Though most species of Giant Hyssop grow in full sun, some tolerate part shade, too. Related to the mint family this old-time favorite lacks the notorious, detrimental feature of growing wildly out-of-control. The plants are durable and require well-drained soil. Some varieties are more drought-tolerant than others. Like mint, their foliage is scented and mostly resistant to pests. The flowers are long blooming and scented from midsummer to early fall. Flower colors of various species include pink, lavender, purple, blue, blue-violet, and orange. Their long spike flowers attract butterflies. The plant is deer and rabbit resistant. Growing zones vary from 4 through 9.

 

 

 

 

Aurinia, BASKET-OF-GOLD

full sun ground cover 4This evergreen beauty with gray-green, hairy foliage, and intense yellow flowers makes a lovely ground cover, one that drapes over walls or in rock gardens. The flowers bloom from spring through early summer. Varietal colors include greenish-yellow to orange-yellow and apricot. It requires full sun and well-drained soil. Trimming back after flowering promotes growth. Growing zones vary from 3 through 9.

 

 

 

 

Arctothecacalendula, CAPWEED

full sun ground cover 5Capweed belongs to the sunflower family and hails originally from South Africa. This sturdy, evergreen groundcover works well on hillsides and large areas where it can spread out. Though it expands through stolon, maintenance is easy. Capweed has gray-green, hairy leaves with two-inch daisies. This perennial blooms throughout the year, most prolifically in spring. It grows 6 to 12 inches high and tolerates poor soil. Growing zones include 8, 9, 13-24.

 

 

 

 

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