Our Favorite Groundcovers
Here's a list of our favorite groundcovers for Southern California.
One of the easiest Cotoneasters to grow. White flowers are produced at the tips of the branches in spring and are followed by a nice crop of red berries in fall. The dark green foliage turns to a handsome reddish-purple in fall. A very drought tolerant selection. It grows to 18 inches or so in heigiht and spreads to 6 feet or more as the stems will root when there is contact with soil. This makes it a great selection for hillsides, slopes or embankments where a good erosion controlling plant is needed. We also plant Cotoneaster atop retaining walls where it will naturally cascade down for a nice effect. Usually not planted from flats; Garden View generally plants in one gallon containers. Low water needs
In Mark's opinion, one of the world's best and most handsome groundcovers. It prefers some shade but will tolerate southern California sun; however it will not look good in the hottest months. It is very, very slow to grow and it needs to be planted at 4” on center to get a carpet effect so it can be enjoyed in this lifetime. It is very low maintenance once it is filled in because it grows so slow. It can be planted around other shrubs because it does not creep. Medium-High water needs
gets bigger not good around other plants (it crowds them) needs to be cut back a couple times a year. Low water needs
Good hillside ground cover useful for banks and large areas of poor soil tolerates drought and heat. Desert carpet and low boy are prostrate forms to just 1-2 feet high usually planted from gallon containers fills in fast. Not good planted around other shrubs. Low water needs