Six Groundcover Plants for Damp Shade

Learn about groundcover plants that will thrive in damp shade and grow successfully in your lawn and garden spaces.

  • Lily of the Valley  Good for Groundcover in Dry Shady Area

    Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

    This creeping, herbaceous perennial fills the air with its beautiful fragrance during late spring and early summer. Lily-of-the-valley produces clusters of fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers held high over narrow, oval, mid- to dark green foliage. This fully hardy plant prefers moist soil and partial sun to full shade. H: 10 inches (25 cm); S: 12 inches (30 cm)

  • Elegant Creeping Dogwood

    Creeping Dogwood (Cornus canadensis)

    This plant is an excellent choice for underplanting shrubs in acidic, woodland conditions. The oval, bright green leaves are deeply veined, and the flowers appear in clusters with prominent white bracts during spring and summer, followed by red berries. This fully hardy plant prefers moist soil and partial sun to full shade. H: 6 inches (15 cm); S: 9 feet (3 m)

  • Hosta Groundcover

    Sum and Substance (Hosta)

    A moist shade-loving plant, this hosta is ideal for the dappled shade in woodlands or near the edges of ponds. It has lush, decorative, golden-green foliage and trumpet-shaped, pale lavender flower spikes. Protect the plants against slugs. This fully hardy plant prefers moist soil and partial sun to full shade. H: 3 feet (1 m); S: 3 feet (1 m)

  • Blue Star Creeper Groundcover for Dry Shady Area

    Blue Star Creeper (Pratia pedunculata)

    This useful Australian plant thrives in both full sun or deep shade, although it does prefer moist soil. It produces masses of deep green evergreen leaves, and the creeping stems are covered with pale violet flowers throughout the summer. This fully hardy plant prefers well-drained to moist soil and full sun to complete shade. H: 20 inches (50 cm); S: 4-1/2 feet (1.3 m)

  • Rubus Tricolor is Evergreen Ornamental Bramble

    Rubus Tricolor (Rubus tricolor)

    This evergreen ornamental bramble originates from China and has a spreading style that will quickly colonize an area. It is called \"tricolor\" because of its three colors: the glossy-green foliage, white summer flowers, and red fruit in the fall. This fully hardy plant prefers well-drained to moist soil and full sun to complete shade. H: 24 inches (60 cm); S: 9 feet (3 m)

  • Ground Cover Plants

    Mind-Your-Own-Business (Soleirolia soleirolii)

    A prostrate evergreen, mind-your-own-business forms a carpet of dense green foliage with its tiny leaves and insignificant flowers. It spreads rapidly in moist soils in mild areas, covering rocks as well as soil. It can become slightly weedy. This fully hardy plant prefers well-drained soil and partial sun. H: 4 inches (10 cm); S: 3 feet (1 m)

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