Ground covers are an important part of landscaping and gardening. They are used to reduce soil erosion, protect the soil from wind and water damage, suppress weeds, add aesthetic value to your landscape, provide a habitat for beneficial wildlife, and regulate the temperature in the soil. These plants can also be used to reduce maintenance time by eliminating the need for mowing or weeding. They come in a variety of plants and materials that can be used for different purposes in different areas of your garden. From mulches to ground cover plants such as grasses, perennials, shrubs, and even ground cover vines; these options offer a range of benefits depending on your needs.

Spring flowering ground covers are a great choice for any garden, offering an array of benefits. The most notable benefit of these low-lying plants is that they provide a natural ground cover that helps to prevent weed growth. They also create a stunning visual effect in the garden, with their vibrant colors and delicate blooms adding depth and interest. Finally, they can attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies to the garden, providing an important source of food for pollinators.

Learn more about our favorite five spring flowering ground covers:


Bugleweed, also known as 'Ajuga reptans', is a low-growing perennial herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced to many parts of the world, including North America, where it is found in lawns and gardens. The plant has dark green foliage with small purple flowers in the summertime. Bugleweed has many uses in landscaping and horticulture as a ground cover, for erosion control, and for its interesting foliage and colorful flowers. It is quite hardy and can survive in a variety of conditions. This plant has been used medicinally for centuries due to its antiseptic and diuretic properties. It has also been used as an herbal remedy for various ailments such as fever, inflammation, and headaches. The plant has been classified as invasive in some regions.

  • Hardiness zones: 3-10
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
  • Bloom Time: May-June
  • Flower Color: Blue, Violet


Candyturf, also known as ‘Iberis sempervirens’, belongs to the family Brassicaceae and is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. It is an evergreen subshrub with erect stems and bright green leaves. The plant blooms numerous white flowers in springtime that quickly attract pollinators and butterflies. While white is the most popular color other colors available are lilac, pink, and red. Candyturf is a popular garden plant due to its attractive foliage, long blooming period, drought tolerance, and low maintenance requirements. It is widely grown across various parts of the world for its ability to spread rapidly across large areas, making it an excellent ground cover for flower beds and rock gardens.

  • Hardiness zones: 4-8
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: April-May
  • Flower Color: Lilac, Pink, Red, White

Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox is a perennial flowering plant native to North America, where it grows in dry and sandy soils in sunny areas such as hillsides and meadows. It usually has a carpet-like form and can reach up to 8 inches in height. The flowers of this plant are very small, but they appear in abundance during the blooming season. This low-growing plant has bright green needle-like leaves and produces masses of fragrant flowers in shades of pink, white, or purple in late spring or early summer. It can be propagated through seeds or stem cuttings and is often used as an ornamental ground cover due to its attractive foliage and flowers.

  • Hardiness zones: 3-9
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: April-June
  • Flower Color: Blue, Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, Rose, White

Creeping Thyme

Thyme is a perennial evergreen shrub that is found in many different parts of the world. It is low-growing, drought-tolerant, with fragrant foliage and flowers that attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. The flowers come in shades of pink, red, purple, or white and make excellent additions to any garden. Creeping Thyme is easy to maintain with minimal pruning and makes an attractive addition to gardens with its evergreen foliage and colorful blooms. It can be used as a ground cover to reduce weeds, help retain moisture, and provide interest in the landscape. The shrub is an excellent choice for xeriscaping in areas with dry climates or for dry shade gardens. Additionally, they are highly resistant to disease and pests, making them ideal for a low-maintenance garden.

  • Hardiness zones: 4-9
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun To Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring-Summer
  • Flower Color: Pink, Purple, Red, White

Ice Plant

Ice Plant is a genus of succulent plants native to the mountains and deserts of South Africa and southern Africa. It is a member of the Aizoaceae family, and it's also known as Delosperma. These plants are hardy and easy to grow, making them an ideal choice for many gardeners. The flowers have a daisy shape that adds to the beauty of the blooms. Their vibrant blooms come in shades of pink, purple, orange, yellow, and white making them a popular choice for gardeners looking to add color to their outdoor spaces. Ice plants come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They require very little maintenance and can survive in a variety of climates. The plant is drought-resistant and has attractive foliage that adds texture to any landscape design. In addition, ice plants can act as ground cover or be used as an accent plant in borders or rock gardens, making them versatile options for any garden space!

  • Hardiness zones: 5-10
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring-Fall
  • Flower Color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Yellow, White
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