Groundcovers for Shade and Sun

Due to their low profile and ability to cover a garden space quickly, groundcovers can provide an attractive and more sustainable alternative to high-maintenance lawns. These low-maintenance plantings effectively crowd out weeds, help prevent soil erosion and drying, and have attractive foliage, texture and color.

Our groundcover collection includes a wide range of plants that make ideal groundcovers for shady or sunny areas.

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Groundcovers for Shade

Shade-loving groundcovers, such as hostas and hellebores are protected by trees including Cornelian cherry, Japanese Zelkova, and a grove of false cypress. Explore these in the shady areas surrounding the Lewis Building.

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Step into the shade

Sonja Skelly, director of education and communications, shares her love of the Groundcover Collection, and introduces some of her favorite plants within it.

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Spring Spotlight: Cornelian Cherry

The cornelian cherry tree is a main attraction in our Groundcover Collection and is one of the first plants to bloom in early spring.

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