and ground covers are the easiest way to level up your gardening game. Bring
walls to life, add privacy with hedges, decorate arches dripping with roses,
cover-up baren spaces, create curtains of greenery for the patio, get your
windowsills bustling with bees and butterflies, attract more birds, smell the
sweet essence of flowers every morning, bring in colour, AND – need we even say
more! Here’s some inspiration to get you going.
Climbing, quick spreaders
trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana) is a full sun beauty, boasting an
abundance of fragrant lilac-pink flowers. Vigorous, rambling, and great for
wild jasmine (Jasminiummultipartitum) rewards gardens with a
delicious sweet scent emitted by star-shaped blooms. They like
microphyllum) is a truly spectacular specimen with flaming crimson flowers for the
larger garden with ample sun.
Cape honeysuckle (Tecomariacapensis) flourish in full sun where tubular blooms in
red, orange, yellow, and salmon can climb up to 3m high.
Star jasmine (Trachelospermum
jasminoides) is a highly fragrant climber and ground cover. Blooms perform
best in full sun, but they also do well in semi-shade.
For climbing roses, try the Stamina Rose. This pink-purple babe parades
over arches and windowsills. She’s also hardy and disease-resistant,
Ivy (Senecio macroglossus) is a bright little explorer with yellow daisy-like
flowers between dark green foliage. They enjoy full sun to semi-shaded areas.
Potato vine (Solanum jasminoides) has clusters of fragrant,
dainty light-blue or white blooms that’ll make quick work of full sun,
trellised walls and arches.
Ground covering crawlers
Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Kyoto’ is an exceptional tuft-forming no-mow grass
that’s ideal as a plant filler in full sun to semi-shade. They’re cold and
Zoisia tenuifolia grows low to the ground and often has a wavey
appearance, making it a top architectural
plant that’ll cover any space with full sun to semi-shade.
Dymondia margaretae is a special, sun-loving, carpet-forming cover
that’s hardy, fast-growing, good against wind erosion, and perfect as a filler
White carpet (Falkia repens) grows low to the ground, bearing small
pink flowers that create a wonderful indigenous ‘daisy lawn’ in full sun or
Lamium, or dead nettle, is a shade-lover with variegated leaves and sweet blooms of white,
pink, and purple. Great for beginners and not prone to pests or disease.
your garden into an exquisite fairy landscape with masses of pink and white
blooms. They like sun and semi-shade.
Sedum is a sun-loving, hardy, perky perennial with fleshy leaves and
clusters of star-shaped blooms that spread out and have a most pretty party in
(Sutera cordata) is a South African stunner that’s easy and versatile.
Plants are covered in tiny white/lavender/pink flowersthat enjoy
the sun or semi-shade.
Be sure to visit your GCA Garden Centre to check out which of these lovelies are available to plant now. To help your climbers along, don’t forget to install trellis support for them to play on. Garden centres are stocked with goodies for creepers and nutritious compost and soil to help establish your new ground covers.