Alternative Lawns | Groundcovers

Pink Chintz Thyme Lawn - Albuquerque, NM

Alternative Lawns | Groundcovers

Create an alternative lawn by carpeting your landscape with colorful, low-care groundcovers. These low-growing perennials are an indispensable part of any well-well designed garden and are perfect for replacing areas of lawn, large and small, especially difficult-to-mow hillsides. Use them as a “living mulch” to cool the ground and suppress weed growth or for filling in spaces between flagstones and pavers. Knowing and understanding their tolerance to foot traffic is a key element in deciding what are the right groundcovers for your needs. Read about Groundcovers You Can Step On and Creating A Thyme Lawn.

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Pink Chintz Thyme Lawn - Albuquerque, NM

Alternative Lawns | Groundcovers

Create an alternative lawn by carpeting your landscape with colorful, low-care groundcovers. These low-growing perennials are an indispensable part of any well-well designed garden and are perfect for replacing areas of lawn, large and small, especially difficult-to-mow hillsides. Use them as a “living mulch” to cool the ground and suppress weed growth or for filling in spaces between flagstones and pavers. Knowing and understanding their tolerance to foot traffic is a key element in deciding what are the right groundcovers for your needs. Read about Groundcovers You Can Step On and Creating A Thyme Lawn.

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  1. Carex appalachica, Appalachian Sedge, Photo Courtesy Of Hoffman Nursery

    Appalachian Sedge (Carex appalachica) is a native grass-like plant with thin, fine-textured leaf blades. Appalachian Sedge is an outstanding choice for use as an attractive grassy gr...

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    Appalachian Sedge Grass Appalachian Sedge Carex appalachica
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Appalachian Sedge (Carex appalachica) is a native grass-like plant with thin, fine-textured leaf blades. Appalachian Sedge is an outstanding choice for use as an attractive grassy groundcover for shade and heavy shade areas.
  2. Delosperma cooperi, Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant

    Delosperma cooperi (Coopers Hardy Ice Plant) is covered with large magenta-pink flowers for much of the summer. A perfect groundcover where easy-care, high color is on the wish-list....

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    Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma cooperi
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma cooperi (Coopers Hardy Ice Plant) is covered with large magenta-pink flowers for much of the summer. A perfect groundcover where easy-care, high color is on the wish-list. It grows vigorously, creating a succulent carpet of color.
  3. Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear, Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet

    Silver Carpet Lamb‚s Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Silver ...

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    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear is a drought resistant (xeric), non-flowering perennial plant.
  4. Bella Blue Prunella, Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue

    Bella Blue Self-Heal (Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue) is a vigorous, long-blooming groundcover with short spikes of violet-blue flowers that attract butterflies....

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    Bella Blue Prunella Bella Blue Self-Heal Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Bella Blue Self-Heal (Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue) is a vigorous, long-blooming groundcover with short spikes of violet-blue flowers that attract butterflies.
  5. Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection

    Our Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection features four perennial groundcovers with impressive floral displays from mid-to-late spring. Creeping Thyme and Veronica are durable...

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    Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection
    As low as $33.99
    Per Collection of 4
    Our Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection features four perennial groundcovers with impressive floral displays from mid-to-late spring. Creeping Thyme and Veronica are durable and can handle moderate foot traffic. These plants are ideal for a no-mow lawn alternative, or for planting between pavers or stones in walkways and patios. Collection of 4 or 12 plants
  6. Max Frei Giant Flowered Soapwort, Saponaria lempergii Max Frei

    Max Frei is a vigorous hybrid soapwort that blooms in mid- to late summer with hundreds of quarter-sized pink flowers. It‚s a large scale groundcover with attractive deep green...

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    Max Frei Saponaria Max Frei Giant Flowered Soapwort Saponaria lempergii Max Frei
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Max Frei is a vigorous hybrid soapwort that blooms in mid- to late summer with hundreds of quarter-sized pink flowers. It's a large scale groundcover with attractive deep green foliage. An uncommon perennial that deserves wider use.
  7. Gazania linearis Colorado Gold, Photo by David Staats

    Gazania Colorado Gold® (Colorado Gold® Treasure Flower) is a long-blooming, cold hardy perennial that covers itself with bright-yellow daisy-type flowers....

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    Colorado Gold® Gazania Colorado Gold® Treasure Flower Gazania linearis P004S Colorado Gold®
    $13.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gazania Colorado Gold® (Colorado Gold® Treasure Flower) is a long-blooming, cold hardy perennial that covers itself with bright-yellow daisy-type flowers.
  8. Red Gazania krebsiana Scarlet Tanager, Gazania krebsiana Scarlet Tanager, Scarlet Tanager African Daisy

    Exclusive. Gazania krebsiana ‘Scarlet Tanager’ (Scarlet Tanager African Daisy) is a cold hardy perennial Gazania grown for its large, incredibly scarlet flowers that appe...

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    Scarlet Tanager Gazania Scarlet Tanager African Daisy Gazania krebsiana Scarlet Tanager
    $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Gazania krebsiana ‘Scarlet Tanager’ (Scarlet Tanager African Daisy) is a cold hardy perennial Gazania grown for its large, incredibly scarlet flowers that appear in mid-spring and again in the fall after the heat of summer is over. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  9. Blue Woolly Speedwell, Veronica pectinata

    Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to la...

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    Blue Woolly Veronica Blue Woolly Speedwell Veronica pectinata
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to lavender-blue flowers in early to mid-spring. 2" tall x 18" wide.
  10. Partridge Feather, Tanacetum densum ssp. amani

    4-6„ tall x 18-24„ wide. 2010 Plant Select® Winner. This fabulous ground cover is perfect for beautifying hot, dry areas of the garden with its attractive gray, ferny fo...

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    Partridge Feather (Tanacetum) Partridge Feather Tanacetum densum ssp. amani
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    4-6" tall x 18-24" wide. 2010 Plant Select® Winner. This fabulous ground cover is perfect for beautifying hot, dry areas of the garden with its attractive gray, ferny foliage and late spring display of yellow button-shaped flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  11. Blue Veronica liwanensis, Veronica liwanensis, Turkish Speedwell, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Turkish speedwell is one of our showiest blue flowered groundcovers native to the mountains of Turkey. Spreading stems of evergreen foliage root as they spread across the soil and co...

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    Turkish Veronica Turkish Speedwell Veronica liwanensis
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Turkish speedwell is one of our showiest blue flowered groundcovers native to the mountains of Turkey. Spreading stems of evergreen foliage root as they spread across the soil and cover themselves with bright blue flowers in late spring.
  12. Thyme-Leaf Speedwell, Veronica oltensis

    Veronica oltensis (Thyme Leaf Speedwell) is a beautiful, tenacious, small scale groundcover with thin stems of tiny evergreen leaves that cover themselves with blue flowers in early ...

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    Thyme-Leaf Veronica Thyme-Leaf Speedwell Veronica oltensis
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Veronica oltensis (Thyme Leaf Speedwell) is a beautiful, tenacious, small scale groundcover with thin stems of tiny evergreen leaves that cover themselves with blue flowers in early to mid-spring. Veronica oltensis is a little beauty that serves as an excellent crack filler between flagstone or pavers. Thyme Leaf Speedwell is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
  13. Blue Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Hardy Plumbago

    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) a remarkable groundcover. It is an exceptional choice for shady areas, especially under trees and shrubs. It also grows in part and full ...

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    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma) Hardy Plumbago, Leadwort Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) a remarkable groundcover. It is an exceptional choice for shady areas, especially under trees and shrubs. It also grows in part and full sun, and thrives in most soils, including clay, testaments to the plant’s versatility as a long-lived piece of the garden fabric. Gardens all over the country can enjoy the profuse display of true blue flowers followed by striking burgundy-red fall foliage.
  14. Herman's Pride Yellow Archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon Herman's Pride

    Herman‚s Pride Variegated Yellow Archangel is one of our best Old World groundcovers for shade and semi-shade. Lamiastrum galeobdoblon Herman‚s Pride features short spike...

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    Herman's Pride Archangel (Lamiastrum) Herman's Pride Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon Herman's Pride
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Herman's Pride Variegated Yellow Archangel is one of our best Old World groundcovers for shade and semi-shade. Lamiastrum galeobdoblon Herman's Pride features short spikes of bright yellow flower are held over variegated silver and green foliage, Blooms in late spring.
  15. Rock Soapwort, Saponaria ocymoides

    4-5„ x 15-18„ wide. This Old World wildflower is an outstanding groundcover for sun and part sun areas. It blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright pink, pollinat...

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    Saponaria ocymoides Rock Soapwort Saponaria ocymoides
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    4-5" x 15-18" wide. This Old World wildflower is an outstanding groundcover for sun and part sun areas. It blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright pink, pollinator attracting flower clusters.
  16. Thymus Pink Chintz, Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme

    1„ tall x 18„ wide. Pink Chintz Thyme (Thymus Pink Chintz) is a tight, low growing creeping thyme with thick stems of woolly green foliage that blooms in mid-spring with ...

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    Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Pink Chintz
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    1" tall x 18" wide. Pink Chintz Thyme (Thymus Pink Chintz) is a tight, low growing creeping thyme with thick stems of woolly green foliage that blooms in mid-spring with a profusion of salmon-pink flowers.
  17. Pink Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus Coccineus

    Pink Creeping Thyme is an outstanding selection with glossy, dark green leaves covered with light pink flowers pushing form rose-pink buds in early summer. This variety is impressive...

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    Pink Creeping Thyme Pink Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus Coccineus
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Pink Creeping Thyme is an outstanding selection with glossy, dark green leaves covered with light pink flowers pushing form rose-pink buds in early summer. This variety is impressively xeric, with tough woody stems. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  18. Gray Creeping Germander, Teucrium aroanium

    2-3„ tall x 18-24„ wide. Gray creeping germander blooms with fragrant honey scented pink flowers in summer that are held over equally fragrant thin linear gray leaves. T...

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    Gray Creeping Germander (Teucrium) Gray Creeping Germander Teucrium aroanium
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    2-3" tall x 18-24" wide. Gray creeping germander blooms with fragrant honey scented pink flowers in summer that are held over equally fragrant thin linear gray leaves. The plant is an excellent small scale groundcover for hot, sunny sites in well drained soil. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  19. Silver Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein, Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein, Large Leafed Lambs Ear

    8„ tall x 15-18„ wide. Helen von Stein makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mound...

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    Helen von Stein Lamb's Ear Large Leafed Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    8" tall x 15-18" wide. Helen von Stein makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mounding habit. Non-blooming so it doesn't reseed. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  20. Dwarf Pink Lamb's Ear, Stachys maxima

    Dwarf Pink Lamb‚s Ear (Stachys maxima) is a showy, low growing groundcover with attractive, pink flowers and bright green foliage for planting in sun and partial-shade....

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    Dwarf Pink Lamb's Ear Dwarf Pink Lamb's Ear Stachys maxima
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Dwarf Pink Lamb's Ear (Stachys maxima) is a showy, low growing groundcover with attractive, pink flowers and bright green foliage for planting in sun and partial-shade.
  21. Reiter Creeping Thyme, Thymus Reiter

    Thymus Reiter (Reiter Creeping Thyme) is one of the most vigorous creeping thymes with its stems of olive-green foliage rooting as they spread across the soil. Blooming in mid-summer...

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    Reiter Creeping Thyme Reiter Creeping Thyme Thymus Reiter
    As low as $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Thymus Reiter (Reiter Creeping Thyme) is one of the most vigorous creeping thymes with its stems of olive-green foliage rooting as they spread across the soil. Blooming in mid-summer with prolific lavender-pink flowers, it makes an excellent small-scale lawn substitute. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
  22. Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe, Callirhoe involucrata

    Commonly known as Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups, Callirhoe involucrata is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A spraw...

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    Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Poppy Mallow, Winecups Callirhoe involucrata
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Commonly known as Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups, Callirhoe involucrata is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A sprawling grower, Callirhoe involucrata's long branches spread out across the ground to create a colorful mat of flowers and foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  23. Yellow Oenothera fremontii Shimmer, Oenothera fremontii Shimmer, Shimmer Evening Primrose

    ‚Shimmer‚ is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The ...

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    Shimmer Evening Primrose Shimmer Evening Primrose Oenothera fremontii Shimmer
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leaves are pewter-gray and very attractive. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction; Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden. 2007 Plant of the Year.
  24. Thymus lanuginosis, Woolly Thyme on wall

    Woolly Thyme is a superb low care groundcover thyme with fuzzy gray foliage and vigorous spreading stems that root as they spread across the soil. It rarely flowers. An ideal crack f...

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    Woolly Thyme Woolly Thyme Thymus lanuginosus
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Woolly Thyme is a superb low care groundcover thyme with fuzzy gray foliage and vigorous spreading stems that root as they spread across the soil. It rarely flowers. An ideal crack filler between flagstone and pavers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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