By Natalie Carmolli, Spring Meadow Nursery
Groundcover plants are a great answer to some of the most problematic landscape conundrums. From uneven terrain to places where you cannot get other varieties to thrive, low-growing groundcover shrubs are a great low-maintenance choice. These hardworking plants are ideal for mass plantings in large landscaping projects and as natural tools to prevent erosion. Plus, because of their low growing characteristics, less weeding and mulching is required where these plants are sited.
When it comes shrubs, it would be easy to consider only their easy-care characteristics, but the days of these hardy little plants simply being all green, garden workhorses are gone. Modern, high performance shrub cultivars are more attractive than ever, and conventional varieties that have been bred to fit into groundcover roles provide a perfectly delightful answer to many landscape dilemmas.