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Sun Loving Ground Cover Plants for your Garden

Willy will return you to the home page Utilizing ground covers can help to transform a bare or dull part of your yard into a beautiful,
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The suitability of a plant to use as a ground cover is determined by it's growing habits, not necessarily by size or by height. Typically, ground covers sprawl, spread, run, or colonize by reseeding. Some ground covers will only grow in full shade, others thrive in full sun, and still others will survive no matter where you grow them.
Common Name Botanical Name Height Plant Characteristics and Notes USDA
Zones
Growing Requirements
Benefits
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African Daisy Arctotis x hybrida 1-2 ft. African Daisies typically have bold, beautiful foliage and large, 3"-4", intensely colored flowers with bright centers. The foliage is grey to silvery green and coated with soft, downy silver hairs. The flowers close at night. 9-11
This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringButterfly Flower
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Arctotis 'Cherry Frost'
Alpine Speedwell Veronica allionii 8"x18" Groundcover, Rock Gardens, Containers, Lawn Substitute
This evergreen Veronica forms a tight mat of soft green foliage. An abundance of small spikes of light blue flowers arise in early summer. Mow or shear flower spikes down after bloom to keep neat.
4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Hummingbird PlantNo Deer
blue flowering plant
 
Aubrieta Aubrieta deltoidea 2-6" Common Aubrieta is a vigorous growing, mat forming ground cover and rock garden plant. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, and rewards you with a long lasting cover of delicate flowers in early Spring. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantPurple flowering plant
A photograph of Aubrietia deltoidea is available
Australian Saltbush Atriplex semibaccata 1--2 ft. The Creeping Saltbush is a low growing shrub from Australia with light green curly leaves. It will survive in areas where there is high levels of salt in the soil. Flowers in the summer are insignificant 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Butterfly Flower
White flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Baby Sun Rose Aptenia cordifolia 10" The Baby Sun Rose is a trailing, succulent perennial with glossy green foliage. It produces bright 1" flowers in the spring and summer. Excellent for hanging baskets 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Red flowering plantYellow flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Beach Daisy Asteriscus maritimus 12" Beach Daisies are low growing evergreen plants that grow 1 ft. tall with a 3-4 ft. spread. They have leathery, slightly fuzzy, silvery green foliage, and for 6-8 months of the year will cover themselves with 1"-1½", bright yellow Daisy flowers. 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Butterfly FlowerNo Deer
Yellow flowering plantorange flowering plant
Asteriscus maritimus
Beard Tongue Penstemon Barbatus 12-24" Tubular flowers in red, pink, purple, or white will be sure to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Hummingbird PlantButterfly Flower
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A photograph of Penstemon cambridge is available
Bitter Root Lewisia cotyledon 4-6" Bitter Root plants produce clusters of 1" flowers on 10" stems in shades of white to pink or gold, occasionally with red and white stripes from spring to early summer. Easily hybridized Rock Garden plant. Lewisias can be grown as house plants. 5-8 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantPurple flowering plantorange flowering plant
A photograph of Lewisia cotyledon is available
Black Eyed Susan Vine Thunbergia alata 6-20 ft. The Black-Eyed Susan Vine is an evergreen, twining vine, most often grown as a long blooming annual. Black-Eyed Susan Vines have dark green, arrowhead-shaped, 3" leaves. They produce a profusion of brightly colored, 1½" bell-shaped flowers from early summer, well into the fall. This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
9-12
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
HousePlant IconVining PlantsButterfly Flower
White flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plant
Black Eyed Susan Vine
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planiscapus 6-12" Black Mondo Grass grows as neat, slowly spreading, 4" tufts of ¼" wide, sweetly fragrant, straplike leaves. New foliage emerges dark green in spring then changes to dark purplish-black by summer.Loose spikes of small, light pink or white, bell shaped flowers appear in mid summer. 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
A photograph of Ophiopogon planiscapus is available
Blue Carpet Campanula carpatica 6-12" Blue or white bell shaped flowers through early Summer. 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plantblue flowering plant
A photograph of Campanula carpatica is available
Blue Bugleweed Ajuga genevensis 4-6" Typical Ajuga with 8" blue flowers in the Spring. Deer Resistant ground cover 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
No Deer
blue flowering plant
A photograph of Ajuga genevensis is available
Blue Chalksticks Senecio serpens 6-12" Blue Chalksticks is a succulent sub-shrub from South Africa consisting of 4-6", ½-¾" thick, powder blue segments. In extremely hot areas, it should be protected from direct sun. 10-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plant
 
Blue Fescue Festuca glauca 8-12" Blue Fescue is a durable plant that grows in clumping mounds of fine blue foliage. They tend to die out in the center after a couple years and will need to be divided 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established these plants require little supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
blue flowering plant
 
Blue Star Creeper Laurentia fluviatilis 2-4" Blue Star Creeper is a fast growing, mat forming, light green walkonit ground cover. It covers itself with small star shaped flowers from May through June. Excellent filler between paving stones and in rock gardens 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plantblue flowering plant
A photograph of Laurentia fluviatilis is available
Bougainville Bougainvillea 2-20 ft. Bougainvillias produce some of the showiest display of colors of all vines. Most cultivars have an upright growth habit, but there are many shrubby varieties and creeping types as well. 9-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Hummingbird Plant
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A Bougainvillea 'Purple Queen' Plant in Bloom
Brass Buttons Leptinella squalida 1-2" The interesting feathery, fern like foliage of the New Zealand Brass Buttons may give the impression that it is a delicate plant, but in reality, it is a tough enough ground cover that it can take light foot traffic and is even used as a lawn substitute in many areas. 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Yellow flowering plant
A photograph of Leptinella squalida is available
Bronze Sedge Carex comans 'Bronze Form' 1-2 ft. Bronze Sedge forms dense tufts of fine bladed bronze colored foliage. It is a good ornamental grass for growing in containers 7-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Burgundy flowering plant
A photograph of Carex comans is available
Bugleweed Ajuga reptens 4-6" Ajuga grows well in full shade to full sun and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions as long as soil is well drained. 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
blue flowering plant
A photograph of Ajuga reptens is available
Cape Marigold Arctotheca calendula 3-6" The Cape Marigold is a rosette forming evergreen that is commonly grown as an annual plant. It produces loose, aster-like flowers in the summer. Cape Marigold is considered invasive or noxious in some areas This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
10-11
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Yellow flowering plant
 
Catmint Nepeta faassenii 1-2 ft. Catmint is a compact, upright branching perennial that grows 1-2 feet tall with a spread of 18". From early summer into fall, Catmint plants produce long, loose spikes of pretty, ½" violet-blue flowers. Cats love it, and it repels Aphids! 4-8 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
blue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
A photograph of a Catmint plant
Cat's Foot Antennaria dioica 2-6" Cat's Foot is a mat forming North American native wildflower with durable silvery foliage. It produces light to bright pink flowers in late spring and early summer. Excellent mimi ground cover for hot and dry spots in the garden 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
 
Chameleon Plant Houttuynia cordata variegata 6-12" The red, cream and green colored foliage of Chameleon Plants will be the brightest when they are planted in full sun, but this ground cover will grow more vigorously in partial shade. It should be grown in boggy conditions or can be planted directly into ponds or along stream banks. Insignificant flowers appear in mid summer 5-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plant
 
Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa 2-3 ft. Potentillas prefer well-drained, reasonably rich soil, but will tolerate clay, rocky, or even slightly alkaline soils as well. Loads of pink or yellow 'buttercup' flowers in June. 2-7 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Butterfly FlowerNo Deer
White flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plant
A photograph of Potentilla fruticosa is available
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster 3"-15 ft. Cotoneaster is an extremely diverse genus of plants which includes ground covers, dwarf sized bushes and large sprawling shrubs. The flowers are generally small and appear from spring to early summer followed by bright red or orange berries for the birds to eat in winter. vary This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Hummingbird PlantBird Plant or FlowerNo Deer
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
A Franchet's Cotoneaster showing its Fall Fruit
Coyote Brush Baccharis pilularis 2-3 ft. Coyote Brush is a fast growing evergreen shrub with small, bright green leaves. It blooms from July through October with clusters of tiny flowers. The male flowers are yellow, female flowers are white 7-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
White flowering plantYellow flowering plant
 
Cranesbill Erodium reichardii 3-6" Erodiums are low growing plants that form compact, dense 12" evergreen mounds of tufted, dark green foliage with scalloped edges. From April until October they produce ½" saucer shaped, rose-pink flowers or white flowers with red veins. 7-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
Erodium reichardii
Creeping Baby's Breath Gypsophila repens 4-6" Creeping Baby's Breath forms a low growing mat of tiny greyish green foliage and produces masses of small star shaped flowers in early summer. This plant is easily grown from seed or propagated by division. Trim back after blooming 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Butterfly Flower
White flowering plantPink flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Creeping Lily Turf Liriope spicata 8-10" Creeping Lily Turf is a grass like ground cover that grows as spreading clumps of fine, dark green leaves that turn to bronze-green in the winter. Lily Turf produces spikes of tiny flowers in late summer, followed by dark blue berries in late fall. 4-10 This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Bird Plant or Flower
White flowering plantPurple flowering plant
A photograph of Liriope spicata is available
Creeping Mazus Mazus reptans 1-3" These Cup Flowers are fast spreading ground cover plants that quickly form a dense mass of jagged light green foliage. Covers itself with pretty, orchid-like flowers in the late spring. Good for planting between pavers or as a carpet-like border planting 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
No Deer
Red flowering plantYellow flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Creeping Speedwell Veronica prostrata 6"x24" Groundcover, Rock Gardens, Borders,
Woody, mat forming plant with coarsely serrated edges. Produces loose spikes of small blue, star shaped flowers in early summer. Deadhead spent flowers for a rebloom in early fall. Drought tolerant once established.
5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
blue flowering plant
 
Creeping Speedwell Veronica repens 1"x18" Groundcover, Rock Gardens
Forms a fast growing, spreading evergreen mat of small, glossy green leaves. Produces small, pale blue or white flowersall spring. Ideal for growing between flagstones.
5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Hummingbird PlantNo Deer
White flowering plantblue flowering plant
 
Creeping Zinnia Sanvitalia procumbens 6-10" Creeping Zinnia is a bright little yellow flowering annual plant. They should be planted in rich, well draining soil, in full sun. This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plantYellow flowering plant
A photograph of Sanvitalia procumbens is available
Cup and Saucer Bellflower Campanula calacanthema 8-12" There are about three hundred different species of Campanula. This annual variety prefers full sun and rich, well drained soil and should be kept well watered, especially when in bloom. This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plantPink flowering plantblue flowering plant
A photograph of Campanula calacanthema is available
Cup Flower Nierembergia 6-9" Cup Flowers are long lasting annual plants that produces hundreds of 1", upturned star shaped flowers from late spring until mid fall. It is great for hanging baskets and planters or as a quick ground cover This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Dwarf Baby's Breath Gypsophila muralis 3" Spreading mat of greyish foliage; abundant clusters of pink or white flowers from late Spring until early Summer 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
 
English Daisy Bellis perennis 3"-6" The original English Daisy is the wild Daisy often seen growing in lawns. This biennial plant has now been hybridized to include double flowering varieties in shades of white, pink, rose-red or purple. The bright 2" flowers appear in succession, on 6" stems from April through June. 4-10
This is a Biennial Plant
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Butterfly Flower
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A photograph of an English Daisy is available
Evening Primrose (hardy) Oenothera speciosa 6-18" The hardy Evening Primrose is a compact, low growing, mound forming wildflower that is native to most parts of the United States. It produces an abundance of 1-2" pink or white cup flowers all through the summer 5-8 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Bird Plant or FlowerNo Deer
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
 
Fairy Fan Flower Scaevola aemula 8-12" Fan Flower plants are fast growing tender evergreen perennials that only grow 8"-12" tall but will spread up to 5 feet. Fan Flowers are sprawling plants with light green, coarsely toothed foliage. The 1"-1½" flowers are produced in abundance from spring through fall. 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Bird Plant or Flower
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A Fanflower Plant in Bloom, Scaevola amuela
False Spirea Astilbe chinensis 6-24" The fern like foliage and the showy plume flowers of False Spirea make them a favorite summer flowering perennial. 6 This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plantPink flowering plant
A photograph is available
Fringed Yellow Loosestrife Lysimachia ciliata 1-2 ft. Fringed Loosestrife is an outstanding, fast growing North American wildflower that grows in upright mounds of deep purplish green foliage. Each stem becomes studded with small golden flowers in mid summer. Excellent contrast near lighter foliage plants 5 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Butterfly Flower
Yellow flowering plant
 
Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea 2-3" Ground Ivy is an aggressively growing, evergreen ground cover. It will survive almost anywhere that there is sufficient moisture. The five inch spikes of tiny orchid-like flowers appear continuously from March through July Hardy This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Pink flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
A photograph is available
Ground Morning Glory Convolvulus mauritanicus 1 ft. Ground Morning Glories are drought resistant, evergreen perennials that are useful as ground covers, rock gardens and border plantings. They have fuzzy grayish green leaves and pretty, funnel shaped lavender blue flowers in the Summer 7-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Pink flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Hardy Purple Ice Plant Delosperma cooperi 3-5" The Hardy Purple Ice Plant is a vigorous growing succulent ground cover. Dozens of bright magenta, Daisy-like flowers in mid to late Summer. Needs good drainage 5-7 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established these plants require little supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Purple flowering plant
 
Hardy Yellow Ice Plant Delosperma nubigenum 2" Hardy Yellow Ice Plant is an evergreen succulent plant. Due to its vigorous carpeting growth habit it is outstanding ground cover and rock garden plant. The plant covers itself with hundreds of yellow daisies in late spring. 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established these plants require little supplemental watering
Yellow flowering plant
 
Heartleaf Saxifrage Bergenia cordifolia 10-15" Bergenia's clusters of purple-pink flowers are produced atop twelve inch burgundy stems in the early spring. Glossy 8 inch heart shaped leaves 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the day This plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
No Deer
White flowering plantPink flowering plantPurple flowering plant
A photograph is available
Hungarian Speedwell Veronica austriaca 12"x18" Groundcover, Rock Gardens, Borders, Containers
Mound forming evergreen with 1"-2", oval, deep green leaves. Six inch spikes of intensely colored, deep blue flowers appear in summer and last for 3-4 weeks.
5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Hummingbird PlantNo Deer
blue flowering plant
 
Ice Plant Carpobrotus chilensis 6-12" The Ice Plant is a creeping, mat-forming succulent ground cover from South Africa. 1-2" magenta flowers, low maintenance, requires good drainage, may become invasive 9-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Purple flowering plant
 
Ice Plant Lampranthus aurantiacus 14" This Ice Plant is a winter growing, succulent sub-shrub from South Africa. The flowers are bright and dramatic but they will fail to open without full sun 9-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
White flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantPurple flowering plant
 
Indian Mock Strawberry Duchesnea indica 4-6" The Indian Strawberry is not a true strawberry, but it is a rapidly spreading, evergreen ground cover that will survive harsh conditions. The fruit is fairly flavorless but it is edible and plentiful all summer long. 6-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringBird Plant or Flower
Yellow flowering plant
A photograph is available
Ivy Geranium Pelargonium peltatum Vining Plants The Ivy Leaved Geranium is a frost tender, climbing and trailing, semi succulent perennial that produces clusters of orchid-like flowers at the vine tips all summer. Good in hanging baskets. They can be propagated by softwood cuttings or grown from seed This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
9-11
This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Butterfly Flower
White flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plant
A photograph is available
Irish Moss Sagina subulata <1" Irish Moss is an excellent terrarium plant. Mosses grow primarily in lightly shaded areas. Thousands of tiny Moss plants will bunch together to make a single patch of moss. 5-10 This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
White flowering plant
 
Kangaroo Lobelia Dampiera diversifolia 3" Kangaroo Lobelia is a creeping perennial herb from Australia that produces masses of bright purplish blue flowers in spring and summer. This plant is useful as a ground cover or container plant 8-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
blue flowering plant
 
Knotweed Persicaria bistorta 2-3 ft. Knotweed or Bistort plants are low maintenance, quick growing, semi-evergreen perennials with bright green, lance shaped leaves. Knotweed plants produce -bottlebrush-like spikes of tiny, pink, bell-shaped flowers on leafless stems that rise above the foliage from late spring into early fall. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Butterfly FlowerBird Plant or FlowerNo Deer
Pink flowering plant
Persicaria bistorta
Lady's Mantle Alchemilla mollis 12-18" Lady's mantle is a clump forming perennial with light green foliage that resembles that of the Geranium except that Lady's Mantle has crinkled edges. Tiny, star-shaped flowers appear in loose clusters in late spring to early summer 4-8 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
Yellow flowering plantGreen flowering plant
 
Lily Turf Liriope muscari 18" Lily Turf are relatively slow spreading plants that eventually form large, 24"-30" wide clumps of loose, 18" tall, ½" wide leaves. Lily Turf plants form 6"-8", spikelike clusters of ¼", white or purple flowers in late summer. 6-10 This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Bird Plant or Flower
White flowering plantPurple flowering plant
Liriope muscari
Lime-green Sedge Carex comans 'Frosted Curls' 1 ft. Frosted Curls produces compact clumps of fine silvery green foliage with curly ends. It is deer resistant plant and will tolerate wet conditions 7-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
No Deer
Silver flowering plant
 
Lotus VineLotus maculatus Vining Plants The Lotus Vine is a semi hardy hanging or ground crawling vine that is most often grown as an annual plant. The foliage consists of fine, 1-2", silvery blue needle like leaves. Produces lots of bright, 'parrot beak' shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. Excellent for hanging baskets or to cascade down a rockery This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
9-11
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Red flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plant
Golden Parrot's Beak Flowers of the Lotus Vine
Mexican Daisy Erigeron karvinskianus 6-15" Mexican Daisies are a readily trailing perennial that produce abundant white daisy-like flowers that turn to pink as they age. Excellent as a ground cover or in rock gardens 8-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Pink flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plant
 
Mondo Grass Ophiopogon japonicus 6-10" Mondo grass slowly forms tight, 24" matted clumps of 8"-12" long, 1/8" wide, bright green, grass-like foliage.
Spikes of small, lavender or light purple flowers appear in the late summer
6-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Mountain Avens Dryas drummondii 4" Mat of dark green, Oak-like leaves; 1 1/2 inch white flowers in early Summer 2-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Mountain Rose Lewisia tweedyi 4-8" Rosettes of fleshy 3-6" evergreen leaves; satiny peach-pink flowers from Spring to Summer; requires perfect drainage 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Mountain Speedwell Veronica montana 3"x12" Groundcover, Rock Gardens, Borders, Containers
Spreading, mound forming groundcover with small, variegated, cream and green leaves with scalloped edges. Produces small clusters and tiny lilac flowers in late spring into early summer.
3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Natal Plum Carissa macrocarpa 4-8 ft. Natal Plum is a quick growing tender shrub with thick, shiny, oval 1-2" leaves. The fruit is edible, but the leaves contain toxic sap. Thorns along the stems. 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Some or all parts of this plant may be toxic or poisonous
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Ozark Sundrops Oenothera missouriensis 3-10" The Ozark Sundrop is an easy to grow trailing plant that will grow 6"-10" tall and form a 24" clump. This night blooming plant will produce a succession of short lived blooms from late spring until mid summer if the dead flowers are removed promptly. 4-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Panakenake Pratia angulata 2-6 Panakenake is known by many names including Creeping Pratia. It is a fast growing, spreading, fine foliaged ground cover from New Zealand. It will be covered with small flowers from early spring until fall. 7-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Pansy Viola 3-8" Pansies may be cool season annuals, biennials, or hardy perennials. They may bloom in early spring or fall depending on the species. Planting time is critical This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
6-9
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Butterfly Flower
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Phlox Phlox subulata 4-6" Mat growing fine foliage with masses of 1 inch, fragrant, star shaped flowers (white, blue, pink or red) in Spring 3-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Hummingbirds use this plant for food or shelter
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Plecostachys Plecostachys serpyllifolia 1-2 ft. Plecostachys is a sturdy and drought tolerant, low growing shrub from South Africa. It has dense, very fine textured, light green or light grey foliage and produces Yarrow like flowers from mid summer to early fall 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Red Dragon Fleeceflower Persicaria microcephala 2-3 ft. The Red Dragon Fleeceflower is a fast growing, low maintenance, spreading perennial that grows 2-3 feet tall, with a 3 foot spread. They are known for their bright red stems and stunning, 3"-4", lance shaped, deep burgundy leaves. The sprays of tiny, white flowers and the foliage are both useful in cut flower arrangements. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Persicaria microcephala
Red Spike Ice Plant Cephalophyllum speciosum 5" Red Spike Ice Plant is a clustering (to 18") succulent ground cover. It will produce two inch red flowers in winter and early spring. Requires well draining soil 9-11 This plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Rockcress Arabis sturii 6-8" Rockcress is a mound forming, easy plant to grow. The small green leaves are usually jagged and sometimes hairy. Good for rock gardens or as a ground cover plant 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Rocky Point Ice Plant Malephora lutea 6-12" The Rocky Point Ice Plant is a fast growing, very succulent ground cover from South Africa. In extremely hot regions it should be planted in partial or light shade to avoid sun burn 9-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Sandwort Arenaria montana 6" Sandwort forms a mossy looking, mounding mat of deep green foliage. It produces a mass of small 1" flowers in late spring. Good for rock gardens or as a ground cover 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
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Scotch Heather Calluna vulgaris 6-36" Heather is a compact, shrubby, evergreen ground cover plant from Northern Europe that covers itself with spires of tiny, brightly colored bell-shaped flowers from late summer through fall. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
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A Pink Flowering Heather Plant in Bloom
Self Heal Prunella laciniata 3-6" Self Heal is a low growing, creeping perennial which is useful in rock gardens or as a ground cover. The plant will produce an abundance of 8-12 inch spikes of white, pink or purple blossoms from May through July. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Showy Dewflower Drosanthemum floribundum 6" The Showy Dewflower is a slow spreading ground cover from South Africa. The succulent foliage is greyish green. The brightly colored flowers persist throughout the summer. May become invasive if not contained 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Silver Carpet Dymondia margaretae 1-2" Silver Carpet is a ground hugging evergreen ground cover from South Africa. The short blades of felt textured, grey green foliage lay nearly flat, giving the illusion of a frosted lawn. Silver Carpet is a good filler between paving stones, a good ground cover and has even been used as a substitute for a lawn. 8-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Silver Mound Artemisia Artemisia schmidtiana 10-12" Silver Mound Artemisia forms a low growing, 12-24" mound of fragrant, fern-like, silvery grey foliage. The flowers that appear in mid summer are tiny and insignificant. Excellent accent plant for borders and rock gardens 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
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Silver Shamrock Oxalis adenophylla 3-4" Also known as Pink Carpet Oxalis, the Silver Shamrock is a very hardy, bulb type plant with beautifully pleated, silvery-blue foliage and pink flowers with violet-pink tips and cranberry centers from late spring into summer. 4-10 This plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
No Deer
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Oxalis adenophylla
Snow in the Summer Cerastium tomentosum 4" Invasive plant... loose clusters of white, one inch flowers; narrow, woolly oblong leaves 3-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Soapwort Saponaria ocymoides 4" Forms thick mat of ground covering, fine foliage; hundreds of small pink to red flowers cover the plant in early Spring 4-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Spike Speedwell Veronica spicata 24"x36" Containers, Cut Flowers
Compact, spreading, clump forming plant with deep green or silvery, felt-like foliage. Produces 12" airy spikes of tiny flowers all summer. Remove spent flower spikes regularly to extend blooming season.
6-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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St. John's Wort Hypericum calycinum 18-60" St. John's Wort is a vigorous grower that is useful for erosion control but it can be invasive. This drought tolerant plant thrives on neglect.
Herbal and Medicinal uses of St. John's Wort plants
3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental watering
No Deer
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Tall Speedwell Veronica longifolia 36"x18" Containers, Cut Flowers
Deciduous, clump forming plant with soft, deep green foliage with serrated edges. Produces long lasting, dense, 6" spikes of tiny flowers from late spring until mid summer. Cut plant back to 12" after blooming for a repeat show in the fall.
6-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Veronica longifolia
Thyme Thymus 1-12" Thyme is an evergreen perennial herb, native to the Mediterannean region. The dried leaves are used for cooking. Creeping Thyme forms low growing clumps that spread to about 1 ft. Bush Thyme forms a small, foot tall shrub. Flowers from late spring and through the summer. Thyme needs well draining soil. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Trailing African Daisy Osteospermum fruticosum 8-12" The Trailing African Daisy is a tender perennial, grown as an annual in most areas. It will rapidly spread to cover a 2-3 ft. area with its light green, two inch foliage. It will produce masses of pretty, daisy-like flowers sporadically throughout the year. Deadhead for more blooms This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
9-10
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Treasure Flower Gazania 6-8" The Treasure Flower's brightly bi-colored, daisy-like flowers are 2-5 inches in diameter, growing atop 6-12 inch stalks. The foliage is somewhat grasslike, but narrow at the base and widening toward the tip. This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Turkish Speedwell Veronica liwanensis 3"x24" Groundcover, Rock Gardens, Lawn Substitute
Tough, drought tolerant evergreen, mat forming plant with tiny, glossy, evergreen leaves that turn reddish bronze in hot sun. Covers itself with clusters of bright blue flowers all summer. Tolerates occasional walking. Requires good drainage
5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Twinspur Diascia barberae 6-12" Twinspurs are a vigorous growing, tender perennials that are closely related to the Snapdragon. They have small, heart shaped foliage and grow from 6"-12" tall, forming 8"-20" clumps. From late spring until early fall, they produce bright pink or salmon colored, 1/2"-3/4" flowers. This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
8-10
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
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Diascia barberae
Violets Viola sp 2-6" Violets are dainty little self seeding versions of the Pansy. Their seeds can be directly sown into the garden at anytime from spring through fall, but the seeds need darkness and 70° to germinate This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annual
4-8
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental watering
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Wild Lilac Ceanothus cuneatus 4-8 ft. The Wild Lilac or Buckbrush is a drought tolerant shrub, native to the west coast. The sprays of white to light blue flowers are very fragrant in late Spring 6-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Wild Strawberry Fragaria chiloensis 6" Wild Strawberries look about the same as the Strawberries that are cultivated for their fruit and their care is the same, but this variety is grown primarily as a ground cover due to its thick growing, glossy foliage. The fruit is edible but not very flavorful 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringBird Plant or Flower
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Woolly Thyme Thymus pseudolanuginosus 1" Spreading mat of tiny, hairy, light green foliage; covered by tiny pink flowers in mid Summer. Several aromatic Thymes are also available. 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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Woolly Yarrow Achillea tomentosa 9-12" Woolly Yarrow is a very durable and low maintenance perennial with aromatic, greyish green, strap-like leaves. It produces small clusters that continue throughout the summer. Very drought tolerant 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
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