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Let’s all make some jazz hands for…GROUNDCOVERS! I know, I know, they may seem boring or like a filler, an afterthought, a placeholder for something more exciting. 


But they can be a main attraction when they look as dazzling as the glowing and cascading variegated Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’. Even the smallest garden can use some cascading out of pots, it adds a sense of movement and softness and is a great backdrop for dark foliage or flowers. 

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' Japanese Variegated Forest Grass in the landscape
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ Japanese Forest Grass. Photo by Megan Hansen.


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Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea'
Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’  Spikemoss. Photo by Megan Hansen.

And another one for you charteuse lovers, the groundcover Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ creates shape and drama in its own way by acting as a soft, tufted mound. Cute and sculptural and a great underplanting for specimens you really want to highlight. 

Check out more wonderful Spikemosses


Sempervivum 'Hopewell' hens and chicks plants.
Sempervivum ‘Hopewell’ Hens and Chicks. Photo by Little Prince.

Use Sempervivum ‘Hopewell’ as a groundcover for serious impact. With all its hot and cool tonal variations you can really have fun combining it with vivid reds or yellows.

Browse all the incredibly collectible varieties of Hens and Chicks


Phlomis russeliana Jerusalem sage planted en mass.
Phlomis russeliana Jerusalem sage. Photo by Georges Jansoone.

A star of the Winter garden, Phlomis russeliana is an attention-getter year-round but really shines in the skeletal cold. Combine with grasses for that dreamy Piet Oudolf meadow look. 

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Browse more groundcovers for all your needs from drought tolerant to chartreuse-folliaged on the site.