In this month’s Home Concepts magazine, I contributed an article on groundcover plants. In it, five relatively ‘new’ plants species were introduced. I call them ‘new’ because they are either not widely used or commonly thought of being a groundcover plant candidate.
Groundcover plants, in general, are low-growing plants that act as a transition zone from the lawn or garden path to taller plants that are grown in a landscape. Groundcover plants also act as a dense soil cover, which help to retard weed growth and prevent soil erosion. They can have attractive foliage or produce colourful flowers can add colour and texture to an otherwise monotonous green landscape.
Depending on the species, groundcover plants vary in height and can either adopt a clumping or running growth habit. Some are woody plants whereas others are herbaceous. The star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an example of a plant that can both creep and climb whereas the red cat’s tail (Acalypha reptans), golden globes (Lysimachia procumbens), Chinese lobelia (Lobelia chinensis) and various mint (Mentha species and cultivars) are creepers.