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Best 7 Ground Covers To Grow In South Florida

Best Ground Covers To Plant In South Florida

When planning a garden in South Florida, it is important to know how to choose the right groundcovers. Many groundcovers are fast growing, which makes them perfect for small areas.

Others are more slow-growing, but all require regular trimming. A creeping fig is one of the fastest-growing varieties, and grows upwards on fences or walls.

Ferns are a beautiful addition to a garden. You can choose from a wide variety of species, depending on your preferences and location.

Sunflowers are a great choice for South Florida groundcovers. These drought-tolerant plants are great for areas with high moisture content and low rainfall.

The sunflowers are especially attractive because they have broad, yellow petals with brown centers. These plants control soil conditions and attract wildlife.

They grow naturally along the Gulf Coast. These perennials can be placed anywhere in a landscape in South Florida. The only downside to these plants is their high water and energy requirements.

Another great option for South Florida groundcovers is the Boxwood Beauty. This groundcover is a perfect choice for areas where lawns are not suited.

The plant has a soft, tuft-like appearance and is a great choice for a Florida garden. They are easy to maintain, require little water, and don’t require much care. Listed below are some examples of groundcovers for your garden in South Florida.

The ice plant is a popular groundcover that needs little care. It thrives in full sun and needs minimal water. The purple flowers of the ice plant are quite beautiful.

It is a fast-growing groundcover that can be used with turf. It grows to about six inches. It prefers slightly acidic soil. The peperomia has a low pH and grows in sunny, shady locations.


Variegated Periwinkle


Variegated Periwinkle Vinca major ‘Variegata is a wonderful variegated foliage plant that drapes well over your combination planters.

A Vinca is a perfect filler that adds interest to any container plant, and these charming vines are relatively carefree and deer-resistant.

The Vinca Vine is a trailing vine with green leaves with a white edge. Vegetable vines of this type will not climb surfaces, they can be weaved and trained upon a trellis or other structure if desired, or they can be allowed to grow in all directions.

This groundcover is excellent for mass planting around and beneath other plants, for edging along walkways, and as a filler in sun or shaded areas.

The creamy white margins and dark green leaves brighten the shade on steep slopes as well as banks. It roots as it spreads.

A profusion of lilac-blue flowers bloom in early spring on this evergreen perennial.

Variegated Vinca, a hardy perennial growing in zones 6-11, makes an excellent groundcover in sun or shade (which makes it very versatile).

As an annual spiller plant, this plant is widely grown and used all over the country in all zones as a dripper plant. Order one today!


Bronze Beauty Ajuga


As its name implies, Bronze Beauty bugleweed – Ajuga reptans ‘Bronze Beauty’ – boasts evergreen foliage that is bronze-hued and forms a mat after it has established itself.

Whether you decide to use this lovely perennial as a groundcover, or if you intend to plant it just for its beautiful lavender flowers that rise up above the leaves in spring, you’re sure to appreciate its beauty.

There is a possibility that Ajuga Bronze Beauty is the perfect choice if you have a shady spot where other plants have failed.

Despite its toughness, this little ground cover can be walked on or even mowed…and will keep coming back for more.

Liriope Silver Dragon

The Liriope ‘Silver Dragon’, Liriope spicata ‘Silver dragon’, is an attractive evergreen perennial growing 10 to 12 inches tall.

It has dark green grass-like leaves that have jagged vertical stripes as well as white vertical stripes.

The plant ‘Silver Dragon’ can easily be grown in either full sun or partial shade in average, medium or well-drained soil.

The best time to divide clumps is early spring; the best time to prune is during the winter.

Early summer brings the appearance of erect flower spikes with pale lavender flowers hidden among the leaves of the plant. Once they have died down, greenish berries will appear in the autumn.

This ‘Silver Dragon’ Liriope spreads by underground rhizomes and makes for excellent groundcover; it can also be used for erosion control; plant it under tough areas, like around shallow rooted trees or along ponds and streams.

Variegated leaf colors make this plant a great edge plant for partially shaded beds or woodland gardens; it also brings a sense of light into darker plantings or woodland settings.


Dixie Chip Ajuga


When planted in large quantities, Ajuga ‘Dixie Chip’ will create a remarkable display of green, cream, and rose purple variegated leaves that will add a touch of elegance to the display of your garden.

There are a number of violet blue flowers that bloom in mid-to-late spring above the low spreading foliage.

‘Dixie Chip’ is a petite variety of the Ajuga genus that has a variety of shades of variegation.

As it forms a tight habit, it is useful both as an erosion control ground cover for slopes and as a weed suppressing ground covering for the landscape.

The Ajuga ‘Dixie Chip’ will do very well in a semi-shaded area, but will adapt to morning sun as well. The plant prefers a moist soil with a good drainage system, but will tolerate a moderate amount of dryness as well.

Avoid soggy conditions wherever possible. ‘Dixie Chip’ ajuga looks fantastic in rock gardens, as border plants, in mass plantings, it is also great at preventing erosion, so it is a great plant to use.


Burgundy Glow Ajuga


It is known as Burgundy Glow Bugleweed, Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’, it is a perennial herbaceous ground cover characterized by short spikes of decorative blue flowers.

Consider planting at least a few in places where you would like to fill in, but would find it difficult to establish plants.

You can plant them around shrubs and trees, dry slopes, or anywhere else you would like a bold, ornamental touch to your garden.

Besides being great for preventing erosion, Ajuga Burgundy Glow is also great for controlling weeds.

Burgundy Glow Ajuga is an excellent ground cover for your lawn. Among the most popular ground covers available with its striking mounds of leaves dappled in shades of green, pink, and cream, this is one of the most popular ground covers available to you.

A surprise bonus to this plant is that 6-inch spikes of blue flowers appear in late spring, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to its delicate beauty.

Burgundy Glow Ajuga, during the wintertime, keeps the show going as it changes from a rich bronze color to a dark burgundy.

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle

Are there areas in your property that need a good thick groundcover that can be laid down quickly?

If you are looking for a plant that can flourish either in a sunny spot or a shady one, look no further than Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle (LONICERA japonica Halliana).

As a ground cover, the Japanese honeysuckle is popular as it is a hardy, vigorous twining vine that will quickly cover a large space.

The flowers of this lovely honeysuckle are extremely fragrant, thin, tube-shaped, pure white blossoms that eventually turn a soft yellow when they age in full sun.

The honeysuckle blossoms from May until the first frost. The fragrance of honeysuckle lasts for months after it blooms. The likelihood of it blooming more is heightened if it is exposed to as much sunlight as possible.

Honeysuckle groundcovers of this variety are probably the most popular of all the honeysuckles used for groundcover.

If you want to let it grow along fences and walls, but if you want to let it grow on other plants, you need to be careful. Growing so thick and so fast that it has been known for it to engulf and suffocate fully-grown trees.

(In some areas of the country, this is considered an invasive plant, so make sure you check with your local gardening club for more information.)