Ground covers, Perennials
Low-growing, spreading plants ideal for edgings, rock gardens, groundcovers, and pattern plantings. All have attractive year-round foliage and clusters of small white, pink, or rose-purple flowers in spring. Give good drainage.Arabis alpina
Native to high elevations of Europe. Low, tufted, rough-hairy plant to 4–10 in. high and 2 ft. wide. White flowers appear in dense, short clusters. ‘Rosea’ bears pink flowers; ‘Variegata’ has yellow-edged green leaves. Plants sold as A. alpina are often really A. caucasica.
Native from the Mediterranean to Iran. This dependable old favorite forms a mat of leaves to 6 in. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide. White flowers almost cover the plant during the bloom season. There are also pink and variegated forms. Excellent groundcover and base planting for spring-flowering bulbs. Provide some shade in hot climates.Arabis x sturii
Dense, fist-size cushions of small, bright green leaves eventually grow into small mats bearing clusters of white flowers on 2–3-in. stems. Some consider it among the finest rock garden plants.
Group of about 200 species grown mainly for their flowers’ long, silky stamens (the blossoms loo...
These American natives have a definite wildflower look, with erect single stems, finely divided leaves...
Hawaiian native grows to 20–45 ft. high and as wide. Masses of white to chartreuse, coral, orang...