Ideas for Groundcover Alternatives to Grass
Discover alternatives to traditional grass with these creative groundcover landscaping ideas.
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If you do not like getting the lawnmower out each week, there are many other exciting plants that can be used as an alternative to grass. Some produce masses of tiny flowers while others provide scent and attractive foliage.
Reminiscent of a collection of fields from the air, this striking design uses solid blocks of groundcover plants in silver, gold, and varying shades of green to create a patchwork effect. The plants are divided and bordered by closely clipped boxwood hedges, which as well as separating the sections, help to highlight the array of contrasting textures.
Filling the Gaps
Groundcover plants such as mind-your-own-business (Soleirolia soleirolii) can be used to fill gaps in patios or between stepping stones. Choose spreading or creeping species, and they will establish quickly. The best type of plants to use are those that release scent when walked on, such as thyme, chamomile, or Corsican mint. These plants have the attraction of giving a rustic, natural feel to paving, break up the harsh lines of a pathway or patio, and give a sense of maturity to a garden.
This garden is a modern take on the traditional Edwardian chamomile lawn, using modern hard landscaping materials and a striking, simple pattern. The white blockwork contrasts with the green foliage, giving a very clean, formal effect. Chamomile will only tolerate a modest amount of foot traffic and needs free-draining soil to grow successfully.
If you crave a bit of dimension, perspective, height and extra color in your groundcovers, consider wide-spreading shrubs.(8 photos)
Decorative features in their own right, groundcover plants' dense knit of leaves, stems and flowers provide a moisture-rich...(7 photos)