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.
Native to the southeastern U.S. Leaves and flower clusters are often twice as big as those of Chio...
Native to western North America. Upright, to 3 ft. high, with abundant sky blue flowers. Does best at ...
Native to Eurasia and to southeastern and south-central Alaska. Grows to 6 (sometimes 7) ft. tall and ...