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Groundcovers @ Cavano’s

Chrysogonum virginianum

Low-growing plants that spread to fill an area; these plants are ideal candidates for “living mulch” by preventing erosion, regulating moisture levels, suppressing weeds, providing habitat for wildlife, and adding beauty to the landscape.

At Cavano’s Perennials, we grow a wide selection of plants that can be used in place of ivy, pachysandra, and vinca/myrtle (the traditional Big 3). For many years the Big 3 were the only options, however homeowners/gardeners are looking for more options. The number of gardeners is growing and they are becoming more savvy in their plant selections (wanting greater diversity of flora), they want to attract pollinators and wildlife in their gardens, and they are tired of the massive yearly task of mulching!

Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox) and Tiarella cordifolia (Foamflower)

Take a look at some of the options below, both grasses and forbes (perennials), and try incorporating them into your next project! The list below contains plants for sun or shade, dry to moist, and even many plants native to the Mid-Atlantic area.



Carex plantaginea has green leaves
Carex plantaginea (Seersucker Sedge)
Lamium Purple Dragon has purple flowes
Lamium maculatum ‘Purple Dragon’ PP15,890 (Deadnettle)
Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’
Carex amphibola has green leaves
Carex amphibola (Creek Sedge)