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Easy care landscaping with low-growing groundcover shrubs

Groundcover plants are a great answer to some of the most problematic garden and landscape conundrums. From uneven terrain, to places where you just can’t get other varieties to thrive, low growing groundcover shrubs are a great low-maintenance choice for small space gardening. These hard working plants can be used to dress up garden borders, as mass plantings in larger landscaping projects, and as natural tool to prevent erosion. Plus, because of their low growing characteristics, less weeding and mulching is required where these plants are sited.

Contributors: Natalie Carmolli

When it comes to compact varieties of groundcover shrubs, it would be easy to simply consider their low-maintenance characteristics, but the days of landscape plants simply being garden workhorses are gone. Groundcover shrubs are more beautiful than ever, and provide a perfectly delightful answer to most garden and landscape problems.

For people who really only have the barest amount of space, consider the Low Scape® Series of Aronia. Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Low Scape® Mound Aronia is cute as a button, yet tough as nails. Adaptable to wet or dry soils, Low Scape® Mound Aronia has deep green, glossy foliage, loads of white spring flowers in the spring, purple-black fruit in the summer, and intense orange-red color in the fall. Reaching heights of just 1-2’ and 2’ wide, this little plant is ideal for small space gardening, for mass planting as a groundcover, or for bank stabilization. Want the same performance in a little taller variety? Low Scape® HedgerAronia offers the same performance and season-long color, but reaches heights of 3-5’ and 2-3’ wide, making it an ideal, carefree choice for hedges, screening and mass plantings.


Another fantastic choice for small spaces is the Yuki Series of Deutzia. These graceful, low-spreading shrubs are neat and compact, topping out at 1-2’ tall and about 2-3’ wide. Yuki Snowflake® Deutzia is an extra-heavy blooming variety with elegant white spring flowers that appear at the perfect time for spring gardens. Even more unique and over ten years in the making, Yuki Cherry Blossom® Deutzia is the first-ever 'Nikko'-type deutzia with pink flowers. A shower of elegant pink flowers creates a carpet of spring color. Great for mass plantings because of its neat, mounded habit and burgundy-purple fall color, both varieties of these tough, adaptable plants make an excellent groundcover, especially on a sunny slope.


The 2018 Proven Winners® Landscape Plant of the Year, Spilled Wine® Weigela shares the fabulous deep purple foliage and hot pink flowers of the classic Wine & Roses® Weigela but in a smaller size. This useful plant grows wider than tall (2-3’ tall and 3-4’ wide), making it the perfect choice for edging beds or walkways and for incorporating under windows in landscaping. A wonderful plant for adding lots of color in mass plantings, or tucked into an existing border, Spilled Wine® Weigela is deer resistant and very easy to care for.

Finally, brand new to garden centers this year, Wabi Sabi® Viburnum provides spring interest that takes your breath away. A dwarf, low-growing version of doublefile viburnum, Wabi Sabi® provides dozens of new landscaping opportunities. With its strongly horizontal impact it’s ideal for planting on walls or in permanent planter boxes, as well as for planting at the front of beds or along walkways. In spring, branches are covered in large lacecap flowers, borne with the striking habit typical of doublefile viburnum. High quality foliage carries it through the rest of the season with grace and charm. Wabi Sabi® Viburnum will mature to about 2-3’ tall and 3-4’ wide; it thrives when planted in sun to part-sun with well-drained soil, and like all viburnums, it is deer resistant.

When trying to solve your most stubborn landscape problems, consider these, and the entire line of landscape shrubs available from Proven Winners® ColorChoice®. They are trialed and tested to be healthy and vigorous, making your garden, and your life, more beautiful.

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