Ground Cover Plants:
Mother Nature does not like bare ground. If the ground cover is disturbed in any way, it is quickly covered by some plant material. There is a hierarchy of plants that occur as soil is nurtured and repaired. The plants known as ground cover plants are especially tuned to spread quickly and bring minerals to the soil as they grow, mature, and then eventually, decay. This group of plants act as a living mulch. As they grow they cover the soil, trapping in moisture, which preserves the soil structure and the nutrients within it. Ground cover plants usually do well in soil that is a little degraded, lacking humus. Not always though, it is important to check the requirements of each individual plant species and sub-species. Below are some examples of plants that do well as ground cover.
A special note that some plants are considered noxious weeds in certain areas of the world. It is important, before planting anything that you get the proper variety that will not take over the whole neighbourhood. Some plants are even so bad, you may get a fine for having the, on your property.
St John’s Wort
Giant Solomons Seal