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Ground cover for the front garden: tips on how to design your outdoor space with the most beautiful plants

Ground covers are low-growing plants that serve many different purposes in the landscape. They are foliage and flowering plants that spread along the bottom of beds, forming a carpet that fills in any gaps and suppresses weeds. They stabilize slopes and can add structure to your front yard. Plus, unlike lawns, they don’t need to be mowed. We’ll give you tips on which groundcovers for the front yard you can use to make your outdoor space in front of the house really beautiful.

What groundcovers for the front yard?

Grow proper ground covers for the front garden

Some ground covers like a lot of sun, others do better in shady places, and there are also those plants for the front garden that are evergreen. We briefly introduce some ground cover plants.

Ground cover for the front garden - beautiful ideas and tips.

Usually these plants are planted in the front part of the beds to create a carpet leading up to the path or lawn, with medium sized plants behind and larger shrubs and plants in the back. This type of planting is a great way to add texture to all your beds and borders and create a perfect look that will impress your friends and family. They can also be used at the base of individual trees or large shrubs to transform your larger plants into stunning features.

Plant front yard with evergreen ground covers.

Sand thyme – popular groundcover for the front yard.

Evergreen sand thyme is perfect as a ground cover plant

There are dozens of thyme varieties that make great hardy groundcovers and stay green all winter long. Since most varieties are cold-tolerant, flowering thyme deserves a place in almost any garden. Depending on the variety, thyme grows from 2 to 20 inches tall, and the fragrant leaves of culinary varieties can be used to flavor dishes.

Sand thyme - popular ground cover for the front garden.


Sand thyme (Thymus serpyllum) remains evergreen in areas with mild winters and is therefore also classified as semi-evergreen. It is drought tolerant and has woody stems with tiny, oval, bluish-green leaves. Although it has fragrant leaves, sand thyme is not suitable for culinary purposes. The bell-shaped, purple flowers attract pollinators during the summer months.

Common ivy – cascade plant

Common ivy is an evergreen, fast-growing plant

Common or common ivy (Hedera helix) is a fast and aggressive growing perennial ground cover plant. In some areas it is classified as invasive and is toxic to humans and animals. On the positive side, it makes an excellent ground cover when you need to quickly fill in a difficult area. Common ivy is a cascading plant that likes to climb and has waxy, leathery, lobed leaves with white veins. In late summer, it forms small yellow-green star-shaped flowers that develop into berries that birds love to eat.

Evergreen ribbon flower as ground cover for the front garden

Evergreen ribbon flower for sunny front garden


Evergreen ribbon flower (Iberis sempervirens) is an extremely popular front yard plant. What’s not to love about an evergreen plant that spreads relatively quickly, is covered with clusters of white flowers and is loved by pollinators? The only sticking point with this plant is that it needs well-drained soil and full sun. If you cut the plant back after flowering, it will stay even more compact, but that’s not necessary.

Ground cover for the sunny front garden

Beautiful carpet phlox

Beautiful carpet phlox is a perennial that likes full sun

Carpet phlox (Phlox subulata) is a semi-evergreen, creeping perennial that forms a low, dense mat and grows less than a foot tall. The pink, star-shaped flowers bloom in early summer and cover the petite, evergreen foliage. Carpet phlox does not tolerate colder climates. The plant thrives in a variety of soils, from acidic to alkaline, but does best in well-drained soil. It is low maintenance and, like many other ground covers, loves full sun.

Creeping Juniper

Low maintenance creeping juniper - plant for sunny front yard

Creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) is a short, surface-dwelling plant that is great for controlling soil erosion on sunny slopes and perfect for the front yard. These plants are also fairly low maintenance . You can cut them back in the spring if you want to prevent them from spreading, or if there is a diseased or dying part. Also make sure the plant has evenly moist soil until it reaches maturity. Creeping juniper has dark green, yellow-green or blue-green foliage, likes full sun and dry to moderately moist, well-drained soil.

Ground covers that tolerate shade

Common hazel in the outdoor area in front of the house.

Ground cover for the shady front garden - common hazelroot

Few evergreen groundcovers are as showy as common hazelwort (Asarum europaeum). The thick, glossy, round, heart-shaped leaves of this low-growing plant make a lush groundcover. Although the plants are slower growing, it’s worth incorporating them into the front yard. The common hazelwort, which can tolerate the shadiest of locations, grows up to 15 inches tall. The flowers are inconspicuous. Avoid planting hazelwort in hot southern climates, where it will not thrive even in the shade.

The fat man in front of your door

Thickleaf thyme - perfect plant for shade front garden

Although this plant is botanically known asPachysandra terminalis, its more common name is Thickman, and it is an absolutely fantastic ground cover. It is a perennial perennial that you can easily grow as a classic shade plant.

If you want to cover an area in front of your house or a shady area, the fatman is one of the classic options to consider. It is a perennial plant that remains evergreen throughout the year. Thickman is low-growing and slow-growing, which means you don’t have to worry about it taking up more space than you intend – which can always be a problem with groundcovers. When the flowers bloom in March and April, they are beautiful but plain white. Contrasted with the glossy green foliage and creeping stems, it’s not a showy groundcover, but it is an effective and efficient shade plant.