Desert Ground Cover
As a bonus this perennial drought tolerant ground cover spreads quickly effectively filling in your problem area with a little help from you in the form of laying down mulch.
Desert ground cover. For example drought tolerant plants often have small or narrow leaves with a smaller surface area and reduced moisture loss. English ivy is a great evergreen ground cover or climbing vine with support. Desert ground covers need to be able to survive arid hot conditions. These plants add a touch of cool green color to desert landscapes.
A flowering drought tolerant ground cover is beyond practical it adds pizzazz to your landscape. Monday saturday 7 30am 6pm sunday 9am 5pm. So using ground covers is just one way to help cool down the landscape by a degree or two. The best drought tolerant ground covers share several common characteristics.
They do this by preventing the sun from heating up the ground that they cover. 2 tall x 18 wide. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage the plants cover themselves with blue blooms aging to lavender blue flowers in early to mid spring. In this case however the blossoms take a backseat to the foliage.
Ground covers are commonly used in landscapes to visually tie plantings together. Veronica pectinata woolly speedwell is one of our finest groundcovers. Ground covers help to reduce the heat from the sun. Similarly plants with leaves that are waxy curled or deeply veined retain moisture.
There are many varieties available with different types of leaves and flower colors. Ground covers suppress dust prevent the evaporation of water from the soil control erosion and reduce the need to mow a lawn. Does best when planted in the shade or somewhere with a northern exposure. Angelina sedum or stonecrop is a flowering ground cover.
Lantana and mexican daisy erigeron karvinskianus are examples of long flowering ground covers. That is because lantana sellowiana botanical name covers the ground quickly with a mass of beautiful lavender flowers. When the ground heats up it absorbs heat only to re radiate it outward. Gardeners value angelina as a low growing plant with chartreuse foliage.
Great ground cover for the hot dry desert southwest. Growing only about 3 inches tall this plant spreads over time crowding out weeds and thus reducing maintenance further. Low water use plant and full sun.