These plants are so important in helping a garden look more established by covering the ground quickly, so that there is less bare soil, which at the same time suppresses weeds (an added bonus).
All of the plants featured here work well in shady conditions:
- Pachysandra terminalis is a fabulously fresh looking ground cover plant, which throws up little white flowers in early summer (pictured here spreading around an urn in our clients' garden).
- Geraniums are such useful ground cover plants, but make sure you choose a hardy variety, so that you can enjoy the foliage all year round
- Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' as the name suggests, has eye-catching marbled white foliage
- Euphorbias are mainly sun-loving, but this variety - Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae - is very happy in the shade
- Viola labradorica has lovely heart shaped leaves with a profusion of purple nodding flowers all summer long
- Vinca minor helpfully spreads like a carpet under trees and different varieties have white or purple flowers.