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Drought-tolerant Ground Covers

 
 
 
 
FLOWER
BOTANIC NAME
COMMON NAME
DIA
HGT
COLOR
TIME
Deciduous Ground Covers:
 
 
 
 
 
achellia tomentosa
wooly yarrow
15"
2"
yellow
June - Aug.
aegopodium podagraria 'variegatum'
variegated bishop's weed
30"
8"
?
?
artemisia versicolor 'sea foam'
curlicue sage
24"
18"
yellow
?
callirhoe involucrata
prairie winecup/poppy mallow
24"
5"
pink
June - Aug.
carastium tomentosum
snow in summer
24"
7"
white
May - ?
ceratostigma plumbaginoides
hardy plumbago
18"
7"
blue
Sept. - Oct.
duchesnea indica
mock strawberry
15"
4"
yellow
?
fragaria americana
wild strawberry
?
5"
white
March - May
galium odoratum
sweet woodruff
21"
9"
white
?
helianthemum nummularium 'Ben More'
Ben More rock rose
15"
4"
orange
?
helianthemum nummularium 'burgandy dazzler'
burgandy dazler rock rose
18"
6"
red
?
helianthemum nummularium 'rose glory'
rose glory rock rose
18"
6"
pink
May
helianthemum nummularium 'single rose'
yellow rock rose
18"
6"
yellow
?
lamium galeobdolon 'Hermann's pride'
variegated dead nettle
18"
12"
yellow
?
polygonum affine
polygonum
?
5"
pink
?
polygonum reynoutria
fleece flower
?
13"
?
?
potentilla neumanniana
creeping potentilla
21"
 
yellow
June - Aug.
prunus besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes'
creeping western sand cherry
?
?
white
?
sedum spp.
stonecrop
15"
10"
varies
July - Sept.
symphoricrpos chenaulti
Hancock coralberry
9'
3'
white
June
tanacetum densum ssp. Amani
partridge feather
15"
6"
yellow
June
thymus 'reiter'
reiter creeping thyme
30"
3"
blue
July
thymus serpyllum 'Ohme gardens carpet'
Ohme gardens carpet creeping thyme
27"
3"
pink
June
thymus spp.
thyme
12"
2"
pink
May - Aug.
veronica orientalis
woody oriental speedwell
18"
7"
yellow
June - Oct.
zimmia grandiflora
desert paper flower/prairie zinnia
18"
7"
yellow
June - Oct.
 
Evergreen Ground Covers:
 
 
 
 
 
antennaria parvifolia 'McClintock'
McClintock dwarf pussytoes
15"
2"
insignificant
na
antennaria rosea
pussytoes
15"
4"
white
May - Oct.
arctostaphylos uva-ursi
kinnickinnick
15'
7"
white
May - June
chasmatophyllus species aff. Musculinum
?
12"
1"
yellow
April - Sept.
cotula sp. 'tiffindell gold'
creeping gold buttons
24"
4"
yellow
May - Aug.
delosperma cooperi
hardy purple ice plant
18"
3"
purple
June - Aug.
delosperma nubigena
hardy ice plant
?
1"
pink
June - Aug.
gazania krebsiana tanager
tanager garzania
10"
4"
yellow
April - Sept.
genista lydia
hardy dwarf broom
4'
12"
yellow
?
juniperus chinensis 'Holbert'
Holbert juniper
10'
36"
none
na
juniperus communis
common mountain juniper
10'
3'
none
na
juniperus horizontalis 'bar harbor'
bar harbor juniper
6'
8"
none
na
juniperus horizontalis 'blue chip'
blue chip juniper
6'
8"
none
na
juniperus horizontalis 'Hughes'
Hughes juniper
8'
18"
none
na
juniperus horizontalis 'Prince of Whales'
Prince of Whales juniper
8'
10"
none
na
juniperus horizontalis 'wiltonii/blue rug'
wiltonii/blue rug juniper
6'
6"
none
na
juniperus procumbens 'greenmound'
greenmound Japanese garden juniper
6'
12"
none
na
juniperus sabina 'arcadia'
arcadia juniper
6'
12"
none
na
juniperus sabina 'broadmoor'
broadmoor juniper
6'
24"
none
na
juniperus sabina 'buffalo'
buffalo juniper
8'
18"
none
na
juniperus sabina 'Calgary carpet'
Calgary carpet juniper
6'
24"
none
na
juniper sabina 'skandia'
skandia juniper
6'
24"
none
na
mhonia repens
creeping mahonia/Colorado grape holly
24"
16"
yellow
March
marrubium rotundifolium
silver-edged horehound
18"
10"
insignificant
na
penstemon procumbens 'Claude Barr'
Claude Barr's mat penstemon
15"
1"
blue
?
phlox subulata
creeping phlox
21"
5"
varies
April - June
thymus lanuginosus
wooly thyme
18"
2"
none
na
veronica liwanensis
Turkish speedwell
18"
1/2"
blue
March - Aug.
thymus 'pink chintz'
pink chintz creeping thyme
18"
1"
pink
March - ?
veronica oltensis
thyme-leaf speedwell
24"
1/2"
purple
?
veronica 'reavis' Crystal River
Crystal River veronica
25"
3"
blue
April - June
vinca major
big leaf periwinkle
36"
8"
blue
?
vinca major 'variegata'
verigated big leaf periwinkle
36"
6"
blue
?
waldsteinia ternata
barren strawberry
9"
5"
yellow
March - May