How to Plant Ground Cover Plants

purple ground cover plants

Depending on the time of year, you can find plenty of ground cover plants that will accentuate your borders and add a much-needed pop of colour throughout any season.
Perfect for planting alongside your other plants and flowers, ground cover plants are perfect for jamming in empty spots along your beds and borders for a more cohesive style.

If you’ve got your eye on some beautiful ground cover flowers but you’re not quite sure how to go about planting them, follow this guide to achieve the best display all year round.

Pick Your Plants

If you’re struggling with problem areas in your garden, like an influx of weeds in your beds, then ground cover plants are the perfect remedy as they suppress the growth of the unwanted pesky plants. They’re easy to grow and maintain and they fill in those unsightly gaps between your favourite plants and flowers.

There’s plenty of options when it comes to ground cover, depending greatly on what time of year you’d like them to flower and what theme you’re looking to achieve. For example, if you’re looking to fill in the gaps between when your flowers die back and to when they reappear in spring, winter bedding plants are a great option. This could be anything from the classic Pansy to the fragrant Sweet William’s.

Our Favourite Ground Cover Plants

Anemone Nemerosa Robinsoniana
Phlox Subulata Snowflake
Pansy/Polyanthus Collection

Prepare the Area

First things first, you want to prep the area where you’d like to plant your ground cover. This includes pulling up weeds like dandelions and couch grass from the root, preparing the soil by breaking it up with a spade or fork, and adding plenty of new compost to the area.

Where Should You Plant Your Ground Cover?

Ground cover plants are best for planting in your beds and borders, but can also be planted as solo plants in containers or patio pots. For an impressive bedding display, plant in between bulbs and plants for a flawless finish. If you lack garden space, use pots and containers for an impressive patio decoration.

How to Plant Your Ground Cover of Choice

Like we mentioned before, ground cover plants are entirely accessible to any gardener, regardless of skill. This is because they are so easy to plant. Our ground cover arrive in plug form, needing little effort to plant. Simply dig a decent-sized hole where you’d like them to grow, pop it in and cover with soil.

Once that’s done, all you need to do is sit back and watch them grow the following year!

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