The grass is very often used to cover the bare areas of the garden (borders, rock gardens, low walls) but also to fight against invasive weeds. However, there are other plants with a rather aesthetic appearance that can cope with this task easily. Growing a ground cover is indeed a very good idea, as well as a good investment that requires minimal care. Discover the most appropriate weed control plants based on your garden exposure and preferences in the article below.
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Soil plants are generally considered hardy and easy to maintain. Over time, they form a thick blanket and simply do not give unwanted plants a chance to grow. However, to be effective, they need adequate living conditions for their variety (loving shade, partial shade or full sun).
And again, at the time of planting, the land must be perfectly clean.
In fact, some qualities are mandatory for a ground cover plant. First, she has to push slowly and be rather low. Afterwards, she must not fear trampling. In addition, its foliage is preferably dense to prevent weeds from growing. Finally, she must have a good look without much effort on your part.
Ground cover plant that avoids weeding
Plants for full sun
A place of garden must be without trees or buildings nearby, and receive at least 6 hours of sunshine a day to be considered exposed in direct sunlight.
The creeping thyme (thymus serpyllum) forms a dense carpet with small fragrant flowers. Moreover, it blooms in summer in shades varying from lilac to pink and even to white. It is an ideal choice for sowing in the intervals between slabs. In summary, creeping thyme is a very good ground cover that is resistant to trampling.
Real plant carpet of silver green foliage, the dymondia (dymondia margaretae) is also a plant that loves the sun. Particularly low and compact, it is adorned in summer with small yellow daisy-like flowers and attracting pollinating insects. Suitable for use along paths or to replace grass, it is actually a very robust plant.
Mascarene grass (zoysia tenuifolia) is a ground cover that slowly forms a thin, dense and bumpy carpet. In fact, it is an excellent alternative to grass that is more resistant to drought in the southern regions. Good idea to green the surfaces of the garden while ordinary lawns are transformed into doormats.
Plants for the partial shade
A semi-shaded exhibition means that the plants are exposed to sunshine for half the day, ie 4 to 5 hours.
The Roman chamomile (chamaemelum nobile) is attractive because it develops in the form of green carpet with finely cut and fragrant foliage. In addition, its small daisy flowers are aromatic and have medicinal properties. The plant supports occasional trampling and can therefore be grown as an alternative to grass in moderately frequented areas of the garden.
Low plant and not invasive, the Corsican mint (mentha requienii) is known for its strong odor. Its tiny, very decorative leaves look like fresh carpet all year round. In summer, tiny, pale purple flowers appear. In addition, this variety of mint appreciates regular watering.
Mint of Corsica
Another ground cover that appreciates the semi-shade is the pearlwort (sagina subulata). Resembling foam, low height, it is ideal to decorate the space between two slabs by its uniform carpet effect. In addition, this plant has many other advantages: grows quickly and without any maintenance, it is more adaptable than turf and does not need to be mowed. Finally, beautiful white flowers appear in spring.
Plants for shade
A shady situation evokes a garden corner deprived of sunlight. Most often it is a garden surrounded by walls or in which there are tall trees.
The Helxine (soleirolia soleirolil) has the appearance of soft carpets. She likes humidity and grows quickly on shady grounds. Its small round leaves arranged along very fine stems, remain green in all seasons. Then, the helxine blooms in summer, between June and August. Its white or pink flowers are very delicate and create a nice contrast with the foliage.
Sweet woodruff (asperula odorata), with its white, fragrant cross-shaped flowers, is ideal for upholstering a shady spot. This perennial plant also has emerald green foliage and flowers in May and June.
Sweet scented leaf
Indeed, the lily of the valley (ophiopogon japonicus) has no equal when it comes to a beautiful visual effect. With its glossy foliage forming dense tufts, this low plant knows how to attract attention. In addition, in summer we appreciate its flowers in the form of white or purple bells, similar to the flowers of lily of the valley. Finally, we can say that the plant is resistant to drought and frost so it can be used in rock gardens, beds and hotpot.