Covering Large Areas

Plants that cover large areas — sometimes called groundcover — can grow quickly, and there are varieties that thrive in all sorts of conditions, looking good while keeping weeds at bay to make your life easy! The key to plants that need to cover a large area is picking the one that will do best in your particular situation. Scroll through our list of plants that can take over a large area and make it look great, and choose the ones that you like the most. Some grow tall, some stay short. This category isn't known for its showy blooms, but some groundcovers have very attractive flowers. And many of them are pretty affordable as a member of the North Shore Plant Club. (See our "Covering Large Areas" Top 25 Rankings!)

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2022 Plant Club "Ground Covers" Top 25

Plant 2022 2021
Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet' 1 NR
Vinca minor 'Bowles' 2 NR
Hosta 'Patriot' 3 NR
Vinca minor 'Dart's Blue' 4 NR
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' 5 NR
Galium odoratum 6 1
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' 7 NR
Ajuga reptans 'Valfredda' CHOCOLATE CHIP 8 NR
Hosta 'August Moon' 9 NR
Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' 10 NR
Anemone canadensis 11 NR
Hosta 'Shadowland Empress Wu' 12 NR
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' 13 NR
Phlox subulata 'Perfectly Puzzling' 14 NR
Hosta 'Blue Angel' 15 NR
Hosta 'Krossa Regal' 16 NR
Sedum ternatum 17 NR
Hosta 'Golden Tiara' 18 NR
Ajuga reptans 'Binblasca' BLACK SCALLOP 19 NR
Convallaria majalis 20 NR
Hosta 'Sum and Substance' 21 NR
Asarum canadense 22 NR
Hosta 'Autumn Frost' 23 NR
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' 24 5
Hosta 'June' 25 NR

NR: No Ranking



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Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.


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