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 Sale $9.59
    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 Sale $6.39
    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 $88.99 Sale $71.19
    Per Tray of 9
    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 Sale $7.99
    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. 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 Sale $7.99
    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.
  6. 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®
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    $13.49 Sale $10.79
    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.
  7. 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
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    $13.99 Sale $11.19
    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).
  8. 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 Sale $7.99
    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.
  9. 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 Sale $7.19
    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.
  10. Carpeting Pincushion Flower, Pterocephalus depressus

    Carpeting Pincushion flower is a fantastic groundcover new to cultivation. It blooms beginning in late spring with huge mauve-pink flowers that sit right ontop of the plant‚s ...

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    Carpeting Pincushion Flower (Pterocephalus) Carpeting Pincushion Flower Pterocephalus depressus
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Carpeting Pincushion flower is a fantastic groundcover new to cultivation. It blooms beginning in late spring with huge mauve-pink flowers that sit right ontop of the plant's crinkled evergreen foliage. Closely related to Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower). Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  11. 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 Sale $7.19
    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.
  12. 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 Sale $7.99
    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.
  13. 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 Sale $7.19
    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).
  14. Stachys coccinea Mountain Red

    Exclusive. A stunning native wildflower, ‚Mountain Red‚ blooms for months with hummingbird attracting clear red trumpet-shaped flowers. This is our special cold hardy str...

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    Red Flowered Lamb's Ear Red Flowered Lamb's Ear Stachys coccinea Mountain Red
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    $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. A stunning native wildflower, 'Mountain Red' blooms for months with hummingbird attracting clear red trumpet-shaped flowers. This is our special cold hardy strain and it does best in dappled or partial shade.
  15. Delosperma dyeri  Red Mountain Flame	, Red Mountain Flame Cold Hardy Ice Plant

    Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame is a tough, vigorous cold hardy Ice Plant with large blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Delosperma Red Mountain Flame Ice ...

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    Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant Red Mountain® Flame Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma x PWWG02S
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame is a tough, vigorous cold hardy Ice Plant with large blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Delosperma Red Mountain Flame Ice Plant is a Plant Select award winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  16. Blut Ice Plant, Delosperma ashtonii Blut

    ‚Blut‚ is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is...

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    Blut Ice Plant Blut Ice Plant Delosperma ashtonii Blut
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Blut' is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluable groundcover. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  17.  Delosperma Alan's Apricot, Alan's Apricot Ice Plant

    The softly shaded apricot and yellow tints of the large flowers of Alan‚s Apricot Ice Plant are a delight and keep the plant in color from late spring into late summer. Delospe...

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    Alan's Apricot Ice Plant Alan's Apricot Ice Plant Delosperma Alan's Apricot PPAF
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    The softly shaded apricot and yellow tints of the large flowers of Alan's Apricot Ice Plant are a delight and keep the plant in color from late spring into late summer. Delosperma ‘Alan’s Apricot’ is a cold hardy ice plant 2016 Plant Select® Winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 2" tall x 15" wide.
  18. Pink and Orange Delosperma Fire Spinner, Delosperma Fire Spinner, Fire Spinner Ice Plant

    Delosperma Fire Spinner® has vibrant tri-colored flowers of orange, red and lavender that are unique in the world of perennial flowers. Outstandingly colorful. An evergreen groun...

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    Fire Spinner® Ice Plant Fire Spinner® Ice Plant Delosperma Fire Spinner®
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma Fire Spinner® has vibrant tri-colored flowers of orange, red and lavender that are unique in the world of perennial flowers. Outstandingly colorful. An evergreen groundcover, this ice plant blooms in late spring. A 2011 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  19. Lavender Ice Ice Plant, Delosperma Lavender Ice

    ‚Lavender Ice‚ Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant p...

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    Lavender Ice Ice Plant Lavender Ice Ice Plant Delosperma Lavender Ice
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)..
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