Groundcovers

If you are looking for a very informal look, then Stachys byzantina or Lamb’s Ears is a great choice. A drought hardy perennial loved for it’s white, woolly leaves and spikes of lavender flowers. Forming a leafy clump about 20cm high, it thrives in a sunny position and well drained soil and does not like to be over watered. It also dislikes high humidity.

 Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne. Victoria.

Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne. Victoria.

Carpobrotus glaucescens- Pigface

A fabulous groundcover if you live by the sea. Will handle salt spray and windy conditions well. Prefers a sandy soil. It grows naturally on sand dunes and prefers full sun or part shade.

This is a great plant if you have a large area to cover. It flowers in spring and summer.

 St Kilda foreshore, Victoria.

St Kilda foreshore, Victoria.

Dichondra repens- Kidney Weed

Great as a groundcover or a lawn alternative, although it wont deal with heavy traffic.  Grows best in lightly shaded areas, but will grown in sunny positions as long as it gets enough water.

 St Kilda, Victoria.

St Kilda, Victoria.

Senecio serpens - Blue Chalksticks

An extremely fashionable plant right now. Easy to grow, with little to no maintenance required. Prefers full sun. Dislikes overwatering.

Can easily self propagate by trimming off small pieces and re planting.

 St Kilda foreshore, Victoria.

St Kilda foreshore, Victoria.

Myoporum parvifolium- Creeping Boobialla.

For hot, dry spots, this native trailing plant is a good choice because it’s tough and easy to care for. Can be a good lawn substitute and great for trailing over walls and planter boxes.

Dotted with white flowers during spring and summer. Thrives in coastal conditions.

Prefers full sun.

 St Kilda foreshore, Victoria.

St Kilda foreshore, Victoria.