Rescue That Lawn: Use Flowering Ground Cover Perennials To Fill In Patchy Grass

If you are tired of seeing balding spots in your grass and want to infuse some color into your landscape, then flowering ground cover plants may be the right fit for you.  Grass can have a difficult time growing in certain parts of your yard like around trees, garden beds, slopes, and areas directly adjacent to your home.  Fortunately, there are many hardy and blooming perennial plants that survive and thrive in difficult soil conditions.  Here are two easy-to-grow ground cover plants that produce beautiful flowers.

Ajuga (Chocolate Chip Variety)

  • If you live in a cooler climate and want a hardy perennial that looks good all year long, then the chocolate chip variety of Ajuga is the right plant for you.  With great foliage and spectacular flowers, the plant will survive the extreme cold to grow back year after year. 
  • This evergreen perennial features narrow green, chocolate, and bronze leaves and grows 3 to 6 inches tall.  It blooms during the month of May and June and will sprout purplish blue flowers that are trumpet-shaped. 
  • Ajuga is especially great for spots where you have a hard time getting grass to grow and also in large areas, where you want to replace grass altogether.  Ajuga thrives in the sun and the shade, so you can plant it under a tree to create a create a beautiful border.  Planting in full sun will produce smaller leaves but more flower spikes.

Roman or German Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)

  • If  you are thinking of planting an edible ground cover, consider planting Chamomile.  Chamomile boasts beautiful white flowers with a yellow center quite similar to daisies and has fern-like foliage.  It grows well in the sun and shade and requires little maintenance.
  • If you prefer to see lots of flowers in the area, plant the Roman variety of Chamomile.  The Roman variety is a perennial plant that grows to about 12 inches tall.  If you are more focused on the edible side of things, plant the German variety.  The German variety can grow to about 3 feet tall and may need to be replanted every year.  It tends to produce less flowers, but the picked flowers will produce a sweeter tea. 
  • Harvest the flowers when the petals start to droop.  If you harvest too early, the flowers will produce a bitter tea.
  • Both varieties have an apple-like fragrance and attract butterflies and birds.

You don't have to fret about a yard with unsightly and patchy grass.  Select the right perennial ground cover plant for your yard and enjoy the spectacular visual display every season. For more information, contact a landscaping company like Waynesboro Nurseries Inc.