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  1. 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
    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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  2. 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
    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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  3. 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
    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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  4. 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
    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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  5. 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
    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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  6. 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
    $8.99
    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.
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  7. 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 narrow leave...

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    Shimmer Evening Primrose Shimmer Evening Primrose Oenothera fremontii Shimmer
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" 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.
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  8. 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
    $9.99
    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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  9. 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
    $8.99
    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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  10. 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
    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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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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