These 25 Evergreen Ground Covers Bring Year-Round Interest to a Garden

There is simply a ground cover for every situation—from hot and sunny xeriscape gardens to cool and shady side yards—and you’ll find endless options depending on what you want your ground cover to do (besides covering the ground, that is).

Do you want a pretty flowering carpet that attracts bees and other pollinators? Or something stout and sturdy for erosion control? Do you want a resilient ground cover you can walk on, or a more ornamental shrub to decorate a front yard?

Maybe you’re looking for a plant that can fill in a landscape and give year-round beauty and color—in which case, an evergreen ground cover is exactly what you need.

Originally from Europe and part of the cabbage family Brassicaceae, candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is popular worldwide as a groundcover plant thanks to its pretty white flowers and forgiving nature.

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Drought, rocky soil, hot weather, and harsh sun don’t bother creeping juniper, and the plant is pretty resistant to deer and other herbivores. As a bonus, its blue-green foliage is attractive and releases a pleasant smell when disturbed.

Creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

The soft, lacy foliage feels good under foot and can handle moderate traffic, so it’s a nice lawn alternative if you’re looking for a drought-tolerant option that’s also attractive to pollinators. In early summer, clusters of canary yellow flowers top the dense mat of green leaves.

Dwarf yarrow (Achillea tomentosa)

This ground cover is very easy to keep alive, but also highly vigorous, so be sure to only establish it where you’re sure you actually want it. When your creeping lilyturf goes dormant in winter, let the old leaves mulch the soil and then cut them back in spring to make room for new growth.

Creeping lilyturf (Liriope spicata)

It thrives in a “foresty” soil type: rich with humus, lightly moist but well-draining, and slightly acidic to neutral in pH. A happy plant will produce dark red and rather hairy little blooms.

European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum)

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