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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  1. Pink Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost, Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost, Orchid Frost Deadnettle

    Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost (Orchid Frost Deadnettle) is showy, repeat blooming groundcover for shady areas with large orchid-pink flowers and frosty variegated foliage....

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost (Orchid Frost Deadnettle) is showy, repeat blooming groundcover for shady areas with large orchid-pink flowers and frosty variegated foliage.
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  2. 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 $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3.25" 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.
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  3. Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed close up

    Our 'Low Work and Water' Dwarf Fescue Lawn Seed Mix will create the ideal low water, low maintenance, low-growing turf grass for yards and play areas. Enjoy the beauty and benefits o...

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    Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed
    As low as $34.95
    Per 5 Pounds
    Our 'Low Work and Water' Dwarf Fescue Lawn Seed Mix will create the ideal low water, low maintenance, low-growing turf grass for yards and play areas. Enjoy the beauty and benefits of a turf grass lawn without all the work and water.
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  4. Pink Saponaria lempergii Max Frei, Saponaria lempergii Max Frei, Giant Flowered Soapwort

    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 folia...

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    Max Frei Saponaria Max Frei Giant Flowered Soapwort Saponaria lempergii Max Frei
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    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.
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  5. Blue and White Veronica pectinata, Veronica pectinata, Blue Woolly Speedwell

    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 $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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.
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  6. Blue Veronica oltensis, Veronica oltensis, Thyme-leaf Speedwell

    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 $8.99 Sale $7.19
    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).
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  7. Blue Veronica liwanensis, Veronica liwanensis, Turkish Speedwell - Photo Credit by 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 $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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.
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  8. Tanacetum densum ssp. amani, Partridge Feather

    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 la...

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    Partridge Feather (Tanacetum) Partridge Feather Tanacetum densum ssp. amani
    As low as $8.49 Sale $6.79
    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).
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  9. Variegated Yellow Archangel, Yellow Lamiastrum galeobdonblon Herman's Pride, Lamiastrum galeobdonblon 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 spikes of bright ...

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    Herman's Pride Archangel (Lamiastrum) Herman's Pride Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon Herman's Pride
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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.
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  10. Blue Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Hardy Plumbago

    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is one of the most versatile groundcovers for cold climates growing in both sun and shade and most soil types. Plumbago blooms in late su...

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    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma) Hardy Plumbago, Leadwort Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
    As low as $8.79 Sale $7.03
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hardy Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is one of the most versatile groundcovers for cold climates growing in both sun and shade and most soil types. Plumbago blooms in late summer with deep blue flowers followed by the foliage that turns burgundy red in fall.
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  11. Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet By Plenuska (CC License via Wikimedia Commons)

    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...

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    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet
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    $9.99 Sale $7.99
    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.
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  12. Photo Courtesy of PlantMaster.com

    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 $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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).
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  13. Stachys maxima groundcover

    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 $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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.
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  14. Prunella grandiflora Bella Blue, Self-Heal 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
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    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.
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  15. Pink Teucrium aroanium, Teucrium aroanium, Gray Creeping Germander

    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 ...

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    Gray Creeping Germander (Teucrium) Gray Creeping Germander Teucrium aroanium
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    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).
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  16. 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 $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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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  17. 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 strain and it d...

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    Red Flowered Lamb's Ear Red Flowered Lamb's Ear Stachys coccinea Mountain Red
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    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.
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  18. Pink and Purple Delosperma ashtonii Blut, Delosperma ashtonii Blut, Blut Ice Plant

    '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 invaluab...

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    Blut Ice Plant Blut Ice Plant Delosperma ashtonii Blut
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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).
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  19. Zinnia grandiflora Gold on Blue photo courtesy of Plant Select

    Plant Select 2014. 4" tall x 15" wide. A superb native groundcover plant, Zinnia grandiflora ‘Gold on Blue’ (Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia) is an unusually large form of Prairie ...

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    Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia Zinnia grandiflora Gold on Blue
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Plant Select 2014. 4" tall x 15" wide. A superb native groundcover plant, Zinnia grandiflora ‘Gold on Blue’ (Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia) is an unusually large form of Prairie Zinnia that blooms in summer with golden-yellow daisies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  20. 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 plant (xeric)...

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    Lavender Ice Ice Plant Lavender Ice Ice Plant Delosperma Lavender Ice
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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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