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. White Iberis sempervirens Purity, Iberis sempervirens Purity, Purity Dwarf Candytuft

    6" tall x 12" wide. Iberis sempervirens Purity is a tidy compact variety of Iberis that blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright white flower clusters. The mounding, evergree...

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    Purity Dwarf Candytuft (Iberis) Purity Dwarf Candytuft Iberis sempervirens Purity
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    6" tall x 12" wide. Iberis sempervirens Purity is a tidy compact variety of Iberis that blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright white flower clusters. The mounding, evergreen foliage looks good year-round.
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  2. Callirhoe digitata, Standing Poppy Mallow, Standing Winecups

    Callirhoe digitata is a tall, upright-growing graceful perennial that blooms all summer with showy magenta-pink flowers. Callirhoe digitata is native to the lower mid-West and easter...

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    Fringed Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Fringed Poppy Mallow, Standing Winecups Callirhoe digitata
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Callirhoe digitata is a tall, upright-growing graceful perennial that blooms all summer with showy magenta-pink flowers. Callirhoe digitata is native to the lower mid-West and eastern Great Plains. This wildflower is a favorite of bumblebees.
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  3. 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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  4. Red Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Garnet, Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Garnet, Garnet Dwarf Iceplant

    Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Garnet is dwarf hybrid Ice plant with a profusion of eye catching, dime sized flowers of scarlet and lavender. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant...

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    Jewel of Desert Garnet Ice Plant Jewel of Desert Garnet Dwarf Ice Plant Delosperma Jewel of Desert Garnet
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma Jewel of the Desert Garnet is dwarf hybrid Ice plant with a profusion of eye catching, dime sized flowers of scarlet and lavender. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. 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 $6.99 Sale $5.59
    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.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Yellow Cotula Tiffindell Gold, Cotula Tiffindell Gold, Creeping Gold Buttons

    Exclusive. Tiffindell Gold is a lush looking groundcover that can be used in flower beds or as a lawn substitute. This South African native has bright green, finely textured foliage ...

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    Creeping Gold Buttons (Cotula) Creeping Gold Buttons Cotula Tiffindell Gold
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Tiffindell Gold is a lush looking groundcover that can be used in flower beds or as a lawn substitute. This South African native has bright green, finely textured foliage and a profuse display of yellow button-like flowers in mid-summer. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  11. White Bellium minutum, Bellium minutum, Miniature Mat Daisy

    Bellium is a vigorous grower, covering itself with a multitude of 1/2" white daisies from late spring through the summer....

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    Miniature Mat Daisy (Bellium) Miniature Mat Daisy Bellium minutum
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Bellium is a vigorous grower, covering itself with a multitude of 1/2" white daisies from late spring through the summer.
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  12. 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 appear in mi...

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    Scarlet Tanager Gazania Scarlet Tanager African Daisy Gazania krebsiana Scarlet Tanager
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    $10.99 Sale $8.79
    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).
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  13. 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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    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.
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  14. Vinca major variegata, Big Leaf Perrywinkle

    Big Leaf Variegated Periwinkle (Vinca major variegata) is large-leafed evergreen, that grows equally well in full sun or deep shade. The quarter-sized purple flowers appear in late s...

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    Big Leaf Vinca Big Leaf Periwinkle Vinca major variegata
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Big Leaf Variegated Periwinkle (Vinca major variegata) is large-leafed evergreen, that grows equally well in full sun or deep shade. The quarter-sized purple flowers appear in late spring. Excellent for sloped areas. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 8" x 36" wide.
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Thymus serpyllum Coccineum Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Red Mother of Thyme blooms with showy rose-red flowers in late spring and grows to form thick mats of tiny, deep green leaves. Not as xeric as some other varieties, this one needs re...

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    Red Mother-of-Thyme Red Mother-of-Thyme Thymus serpyllum Coccineum
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Red Mother of Thyme blooms with showy rose-red flowers in late spring and grows to form thick mats of tiny, deep green leaves. Not as xeric as some other varieties, this one needs regular moisture.
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  18. Thymus neiceffii, Juniper Leaf Thyme

    1" tall x 8-10" wide. Fabulous needle shaped leaves and bright pink flowers make Thymus neiceffii (Juniper Leaf Thyme) a garden treasure. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (...

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    Juniper Leaf Thyme Juniper Leaf Thyme Thymus neiceffii
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    1" tall x 8-10" wide. Fabulous needle shaped leaves and bright pink flowers make Thymus neiceffii (Juniper Leaf Thyme) a garden treasure. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  19. 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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  20. Pink Oenothera speciosus Rosea, Oenothera speciosus Rosea, Showy Pink Evening Primrose

    10" tall x 18" wide. A heat loving plant that thrives in sunny, dry areas along baking south and west facing walls and pavement areas. Spreading rapidly on shallow roots when the hot...

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    Showy Pink Evening Primrose Showy Pink Evening Primrose Oenothera speciosus Rosea
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    10" tall x 18" wide. A heat loving plant that thrives in sunny, dry areas along baking south and west facing walls and pavement areas. Spreading rapidly on shallow roots when the hot summer weather arrives, give this beauty plenty of room to grow as it will overrun smaller, less vigorous plants. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  21. Pink Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus Coccineus, Thymus praecox ssp. arcticus Coccineus, Pink Creeping Thyme

    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 $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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).
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  22. Vic Bruno's Albuquerque Thyme Lawn

    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 ...

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    Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Pink Chintz
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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.
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  23. Thymus citriodorus Doone Valley Close up with bloom

    Doone Valley has varigated yellow and green foliage that is intensely lemon scented. It grows as a mounded plant and blooms in summer with lots of pink flower clusters covering the p...

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    Doone Valley Lemon Thyme Doone Valley Lemon Thyme Thymus citriodorus Doone Valley
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Doone Valley has varigated yellow and green foliage that is intensely lemon scented. It grows as a mounded plant and blooms in summer with lots of pink flower clusters covering the plant.
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  24. Saponaria ocymoides, Soapwart Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    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 attractin...

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    Saponaria ocymoides Rock Soapwort Saponaria ocymoides
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    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.
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