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Ground covers

Buy ground cover plants at Lubera

If you dream of an easy to care for garden, you should buy ground cover plants. They usually grow quickly, green even difficult areas and keep unwanted "weeds" at bay.

   
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Alpine Strawberry 'Alexandria'

Fragaria vesca var. semperflorens 'Alexandria'

From £3.60 *

Alpine totara

Podocarpus nivalis

£15.40 *

Bilberry Sylvana

Very sweet, dark blue blueberry

From £12.40 *

Canadian St. John's Wort 'Gemo'

Hypericum kalmianum 'Gemo' forms many, yellow flowers from July to September

£9.90 *

Chinese Juniper 'Blaauw'

Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw', the robust juniper with slow growth

From £14.40 *

Chinese Juniper 'Gold Star'

Juniperus media 'Gold Star', the juniper with bright yellow needles

£7.90 *

No image available Common bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

£6.90 *

Cranberry Red Balloon

Cranberry - a healthy trend plant

From £7.40 *

Creeping juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'

£11.90 *

Creeping Juniper 'Blue Chip'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip', the slow-growing ground cover with blue needles

£5.90 *

Creeping Juniper 'Glauca'

Juniperus horizontalis 'Glauca', the silvery blue juniper with extremely flat growth

£5.90 *

No image available Creeping Juniper 'Green Carpet'

Juniperus communis 'Green Carpet', the extremely flat-growing, dwarf juniper

£5.90 *

   
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More information about ground cover plants

 

Most ground covers are also very hardy and many are even evergreen. Let yourself be inspired by the large selection in the Lubera® garden shop - there are many ground cover shrubs to discover! Shrubs and semi-shrubs, dwarf conifers, roses, but also ground covers with tasty fruits are ideal for creating an attractive plant cover. There are particularly beautiful varieties which have very decorative flowers and thus bring colour into the garden.

 

Discover the varieties of Lubera® ground cover plants

 

Find the right ground cover plants in the Lubera® garden shop - there is guaranteed to be something for every garden location. The modest greenery does not only grow in shady areas under shrubs and bushes but also on beds or slopes in semi-shady or full sunny locations.

  • In the group of evergreen ground covers, ivy, vinca and the spindle bushes offer themselves as good ground-covering plants. The small periwinkle (Vinca minor) and the large periwinkle (Vinca major) are perhaps the most popular representatives here.
  • Deciduous, flowering dwarf shrubs score points with their splendid flowers, attractive foliage and even sometimes with edible fruits - cinquefoil and dwarf spirea are the classic representatives, but also numerous berry shrubs from our edible ground cover range.
  • Flat-growing conifers are very popular because of their tolerance to dryness and tolerance to pruning. In the category "ground cover conifers" you can choose from many different growth forms.
  • Small shrub roses transform every garden bed into a sea of flowers. Whether with simple flowers or romantically double flowers - the group of easy-care ground cover roses contains many enchanting varieties.
  • Perennials such as the barren strawberry are of course also excellent ground cover. Have a look at the ground cover perennials category in our shop!

 

For every garden situationBuy ground cover plants at Lubera

 

In the temperate latitudes, one hardly finds any uncovered soil. The plants shade the soil and protect it from severe dehydration. Furthermore, they loosen the soil with their roots and promote soil life so that sufficient humus is formed. The growth height of these plants generally ranges from 10 to 100 centimetres. From a botanical point of view, ground cover plants do not form a uniform group, as they include semi-shrubs, shrubs and also perennials. The common feature is that they gradually spread over a large area - via root runners, rhizomes and sometimes by self-seeding.

When you buy these types of plants, you should know that not all are equally dense. For this reason, weed suppression is different for different plants. Evergreen or wintergreen species that spread through runners are usually very competitive. With ground cover roses you should not expect a completely closed plant cover - weeding is not completely unnecessary when planting roses. But especially on larger areas, higher growing ground cover plants are a good way to set accents.

 

The right location

 

The lushly flowering ground cover roses, dwarf pines, broom and St. John's wort feel at home in sunny locations.

The periwinkle (Vinca) also thrives well in semi-shade and impresses with its white, violet or purple flowers - the tendrilous, low-growing plants can also withstand the root pressure of large trees.

In rather shady areas, e.g. the barren strawberry thrives exceptionally well. Some berry bushes such as cranberry or blueberry also thrive in light shade but require an additional rather acidic location. Shadow-tolerant climbing plants like ivy cover the soil with beautiful, evergreen leaves.

 

Planting ground cover

 

If you buy ground cover plants, it is best to plant them in late summer. This way, the ground covers have enough time to take root until winter and the growth of "weeds" is already reduced during this time of year. Before planting, clear the area of root weeds, as these are often firmly anchored in the soil and can be a problem even between not yet fully established ground cover plants. Improve nutrient-poor, heavy or very light soils with compost if possible.

Covering the surface with a special biodegradable mulching paper has proven to be a good method. For the ground cover, cut out holes and apply a layer of mulch on top after planting - this way the mulching paper is well concealed. Bark mulch or compost is suitable for shade, sunny ground cover areas can be covered with lava chippings.

Cut back the ground cover with creeping shoots such as ivy and periwinkle directly after planting (by half the length of the shoot) - this way they will sprout near the base of the shoot and cover the soil better and faster.

 

The right planting density

 

The required amount per square metre depends on the plant species - follow the recommendations in the variety description. For fast-growing, runner-forming species such as ivy, four plants per square metre are sufficient. Shorten the shoots by half as soon as they are planted - this will ensure good branching. For rather weakly growing ground cover species like the barren strawberry, you should assume about 16 plants per square metre. In the best case, your ground covers will form closed coverage after about two years.

 

Caring for ground covers

 

If possible, you should not hoe between ground coverings so that the root system is not damaged. The repeated application of bark mulch suppresses weeds in the first two to three years after planting. Before spreading, you should work horn shavings into the soil in order to ensure the nitrogen supply. If you have planted your area without mulch film or paper, you should check frequently and pull out all unwanted plants between the ground coverings by hand.

Not all ground cover plants require pruning, but for ground cover roses you should use pruning shears annually. Conifers can also be cut to shape.

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