Ground Cover Spacing Guideline

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Ground covers can take 1 to 3 growing seasons to fill in and completely establish themselves.  Planting closer together can speed this to one growing season, while planting further apart can increase this to more.  Spacing is based on growth rate and the mature spread of the plants.  The rate will vary somewhat depending on soil fertility, irrigation, climate, and maintenance practices.

Inches Required between Plants Number of Plants That Can Fit in a Square Foot

3

16

4

9

5

5.75

6

4

7

2.93

8

2.25

9

1.78

10

1.44

12

1


Variety Specifics

Botanical Common Name Light req. Spacing
Ageopodium Snow in Summer shade 6-8″
Ajuga Bugleweed sun 10-14″
Aremeria Sea Thrift sun 10-14″
Asarum European Ginger shade 10-14″
Astilbe ‘Visions’   shade 14-18″
Astilbe ‘White Gloria’   shade 14-18″
Aubrieta   sun 6-10″
Campanula White or Blue Clips Bellflower sun to part sun 12-14″
Carex Sedge shade to part shade 12-16″
Cerastium Snow in Summer sun to part sun 6-10″
Certagima plumbago   sun to part sun 6-10″
Coronilla Crown Vetch sun to part sun 10-12″
Corpeopsis ‘Moonbeam’ Threadleaf Coreopsis sun to part sun 18-24″
Delosperma Ice Plant sun 10-14″
Epimedium   shade 10-14″
Galim Sweet Woodruff shade 10-14″
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’   sun to part sun 14-18″
Gyphsolphila, creeping   sun to part sun 10-14″
Hedra Ivy shade to part shade 12-14″
Hosta   shade variety dependant
Houttinyia Chameleon Plant sun to part sun 10-12″
Hypericum St. John’s Wort sun to part sun 12-16″
Juncus grass   sun to part sun 12-16″
Lamistrum ‘Herman’s Pride’   shade 8-12″
Lamium Dead Nettle shade 10-14″
Lavender   sun 18-24″
Leontopodium Edelweiss sun to part sun 10-16″
Lirope Lily Turf sun to part sun 10-14″
Lysimachia Creeping Jenny sun 8-10″
Mazus   sun to part sun 8-10″
Nepata Catmint sun 18-24″
Pachysandra Spruge shade 8-12″
Potentilla Cinquefoil   8-12″
Sagina Irish or Scottish Moss shade 6-10″
Saponaria Soapwort sun 12-16″
Sedum Ellacombian   sun 6-8″
Sedum Hens & chicks   sun 8-10″
Sedum stonecrop   sun 12-14″
Thyme   sun to part sun 8-12″
Tiarella Foamflower shade 12-16″
Vinca Myrtle shade 10-12″
Viola   sun 12″