Ground Covers that Spread Quickly

If you prepare the soil well, plant in staggered rows, mulch, and water, these plants will fill in quickly. They are ideal for large areas and mass effect. Those marked with an asterisk (*) will take over, given their ideal conditions, and may need to be controlled.

Common Name Botanical Name
Aaron’s-beard Hypericum calycinum*
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster
Coyotebrush Baccharis pilularis
Creeping charlie Lysimachia nummularia
Crown vetch Coronilla varia
Dwarf periwinkle Vinca minor
Forsythia, improved cultivars Forsythia
Honeysuckle Lonicera*
Japanese spurge Pachysandra terminalis
Juniper Juniperus
Knotweed Polygonum*
Prostrate myoporum Myoporum parvifolium ‘Prostratum’
Rose Rosa
Stonecrop Sedum
Wild lilac Ceanothus
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei*