Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials
These creeping groundcovers from North America and Europe need good drainage and light soil; they rot easily in soggy soil. Although exacting in their requirements, forms offered by specialists are among the choicest of rock garden plants.
Native to China and Japan. Creeping plant forms a rosette to 6–8 in. high and 1 ft. wide, but expands fairly rapidly, sending out runners like strawberry. Nearly round green leaves to 4 in. across have white veins, pink undersides. Blooms from late summer to fall, bearing inch-wide white flowers in loose clusters on stems to 2 ft. high. ‘Maroon Beauty’ leaves have maroon markings. Good groundcover where hard freezes are infrequent. Partial or full shade.Saxifraga umbrosa
Native to the Pyrenees. Tongue-shaped, shiny green leaves to 1 1/2 in. long form a foot-wide rosette only a few inches high. Blooms in spring, bearing open clusters of tiny pink flowers on wine red, 1-ft.-high stalks. S. u. primuloides is a dwarf form. Good groundcover for small shady areas; effective near rocks and stream beds. This species is sometimes wrongly called London pride.