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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 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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  2. 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 yellow button flowers in mid-summer. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  3. 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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  4. 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
    Regular Price $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    You save: 20%
    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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  9. 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
    Regular Price $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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
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    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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Cerastium tomentosum, Jumbo Snow-in-Summer

    This jumbo snow-in-summer has large stems and leaves and was discovered growing in a Santa Fe, NM. Its larger size and vigor make it an excellent lawn substitute, producing a carpet ...

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    Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium) Snow-in-Summer Cerastium tomentosum
    Regular Price $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    This jumbo snow-in-summer has large stems and leaves and was discovered growing in a Santa Fe, NM. Its larger size and vigor make it an excellent lawn substitute, producing a carpet of white blooms in late spring. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 4-5" x 15-18" wide.
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  17. 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
    Regular Price $8.49 Sale $6.79
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Pink Stachys lavandulifolius, Stachys lavandulifolius , Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear

    Stachys lavandulifolius (Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear) is an amazingly xeric wildflower from the wildlands of Turkey. The plant's fuzzy bright pink flower spikes appear in late spring and ...

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    Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear Stachys lavandulifolius
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Stachys lavandulifolius (Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear) is an amazingly xeric wildflower from the wildlands of Turkey. The plant's fuzzy bright pink flower spikes appear in late spring and are uniquely beautiful. Our selection of Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear grows well in a variety of soils including clay. Stachys lavandulifolius is a drought resistant (xeric) plant.
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  21. 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
    Regular Price $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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    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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  22. 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, mounding habit. N...

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    Helen von Stein Lamb's Ear Large Leafed Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein
    Regular Price $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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    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).
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  23. 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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  24. Ajuga reptans Black Scallop, Black Scallop Bugleweed

    Ajuga Black Scallop (Black Scallop Bugleweed) is an unusual form of groundcover Ajuga with glossy, dark burgundy foliage and bright blue late spring flowers....

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    Black Scallop Ajuga Black Scallop Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Black Scallop
    Regular Price $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    You save: 20%
    Ajuga Black Scallop (Black Scallop Bugleweed) is an unusual form of groundcover Ajuga with glossy, dark burgundy foliage and bright blue late spring flowers.
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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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