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ground cover

a. dense low herbaceous plants and shrubs that grow over the surface of the ground, esp, in a forest, preventing soil erosion or, in a garden, stifling weeds
b. (as modifier): ground-cover plants

Ground cover

Low-growing plants often grown to keep soil from eroding and to discourage weeds.

Ground Cover


in horticulture, low herbaceous and usually procumbent plants, 5–15 cm tall, with variously colored and patterned foliage, used to create ornamental patterns on the ground. Some ground covers consist of various species of Alternathera, Antennaria, Artemisia, Achyranthes, Helichrysum, Gnaphalium, Iresine, Coleus, Mesembryanthemum, Pelargonium, Pyrethrum, Santolina, Sedum, Sempervivum, Spergula, Stachys, Stellaria, Festuca, Cineraria, and Echeveria. Low flowering plants are also used, including lobelia, heliotrope, portulaca, ageratum, fuschia, and Begonia semperflorens.

The first step in creating ground cover is to draw an outline laying out how the plants of the desired colors are to be arranged. The cultivation of ground covers is labor intensive. The plants are propagated primarily by cuttings, which are rooted in green-houses in February and then transplanted into hotbeds. The care of ground covers includes watering, pruning and trimming, and regular weeding.

Because of changes in fashion in ornamental horticulture and the great expenditure of labor and materials, ground covers have lost their popularity and are seldom used. Gardens and parks are landscaped with groups of low spreading perennials which have brightly colored or patterned foliage and can survive the winter in the ground. Such perennials include arabis, aubrietia, speed-well, saxifrage, sedum, sempervivum; and species of Sagina.


ground cover

[′grau̇nd ‚kəv·ər]
Prostrate or low plants that cover the ground instead of grass.
All forest plants except trees.

ground cover

1. Low planting, often maintenance-free, used in masses.
2. A thin plastic sheet, or the like, spread over the ground in a crawl space to minimize moisture penetration.
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Make sure you select groundcover plants that will adapt readily to the site conditions.
As groundcover becomes denser, it acts as a living mulch preventing the seeds of annuals and perennials from germinating while the bold, sweeping drifts of plants employed as groundcover become features in their own right.
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Major functions of a groundcover are to keep down dust, lessen water run-off, increase percolation of water into the soil, moderate soil and air temperatures, reduce the need to fertilize and use chemical pest controls, make maintenance easier, and improve the aesthetic appearance of our properties.
And grass is being replaced by plantings and other kinds of groundcover to reduce lawnmower use.
The potential of camellias in a wide range of situations is demonstrated - as standards, hedges, espaliers, groundcover, in containers and for bonsai.
Together, these ``natives'' make excellent groundcover but are nevertheless ``weeds'', being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Then the understory sunlight begins to dim, the groundcover grows spotty and the jack pine's lower branches begin to die.
The plaza also includes the existing glass memorial, which opened in 1985; new ceremonial entrances at Water Street and South Street bearing United States Service and POW/MIA flags; a large map of Southeast Asia, etched in stainless steel and designed with the input of Vietnam veterans to depict significant historical locations; new paving and improved lighting making the space safer and more inviting; new handicapped accessible ramps; and additional plantings of shrubs, trees, and groundcover