Evergreen Ground Cover Plants

Updated November 21, 2016

Planting ground cover is an attractive way to cover unsightly gaps and bare spots and areas that are difficult to maintain in your home landscape. There are many plants that make good ground cover, but choosing an evergreen plant for this purpose will ensure that you have attractive foliage in your yard all year long.

Trailing Periwinkle

Trailing periwinkle is a trailing shrub that is evergreen and produces small, glossy dark green leaves. It blooms regularly with small periwinkle blue flowers. Trailing periwinkle grows to only about 6 inches and has a dense foliage that works well as a ground cover. It will grow well in almost any lighting condition, but performs best in partial shade.


Pachysandra is a popular evergreen ground cover that is slow growing and has dense foliage. It is also commonly called Japanese spurge. It has dark green leaves and produces small white blooms. Pachysandra grows best in rich, acidic soil that is kept well moistened and not allowed to dry out. Plant in full shade for optimal growth and blooming.

Creeping Phlox

Creeping phlox has narrow, stiff leaves that grow to a length of about 1 inch long and blends well with normal grass when it is not in bloom, and is often inter-planted in a lawn. When in bloom, the colour of the flowers vary depending on the type of creeping phlox used. It grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zones 3b to 10 and is native to North America. Creeping phlox grows best in a mix of sun and shade and is mildly tolerant of drought conditions.

Carpet Bugle

Carpet bugle grows well in USDA zones 3 to 9 and produces taller purple blooms that attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Different varieties feature leaves that range from green to bronze to purple. Carpet bugle will grow best in rich soil that is kept moist. Partial sun is the preferred lighting condition. The leaves and flowers of carpet bugle are toxic to humans and animals if ingested.

Candy Tuft

Candy tufts is also known by the scientific name Iberis sempervirens. It features glossy green leaves and produces a profusion of small white flowers each year. It is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia and grows well in USDA zones 3 to 9. It has dense growth and will grow to about 10 inches without pruning. It grows best in full to partial sun in soil that is kept moist.

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