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Groundcovers are low growing plants and grasses that are typically used to cover an area of ground for erosion control, to suppress weeds or where, for aesthetic appearance, you might not want taller plants growing. Some produce masses of flowers, can be drought and frost tolerant and have been very successful in a wide variety of soils.

Great for slopes and over rocks, they can work for rockeries and in mass plantings, along roadsides while some are perfect as a retaining wall cover as well as in long lived & low maintenance gardens both in inland and coastal positions. As far as size goes groundcovers can begin from 10cm to 60cm high and from 80cm even up to 6m wide.

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Acacia acinacea Pot o Gold 2

1. Gold Dust Wattle   (Acacia acinacea)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Pot o'Gold'

A low dense spreading mounded shrub.  Soft rounded leaves on graceful stems which are covered in golden balls in spring and early summer.  A handsome landscape accent; plant along path edges for a soft mounded hedge effect, amongst bold rockwork, or in large containers for...
  ...learn more about the 'Pot o'Gold' variety

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2. Cootamundra Wattle   (Acacia baileyana)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Prostrate'

Acacia baileyana 'Prostrate' is a great ground covering dense plant, that has feathery silver-grey bipinnate foliage with masses of spherical flower heads 1 cm in diameter in winter. A great plant for embankments and as a general ground cover. Also worth considering as a weeping...
  ...learn more about the 'Prostrate' variety



3. River Wattle   (Acacia cognata)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Curvaceous'

A compact variety of acacia cognata that makes a stunning foliage plant all year round with its graceful weeping foliage Pale yellow globular flowerheads appear singly or in pairs in the leaf axils in spring. This species is prone to root rot in humid climates....
  ...learn more about the 'Curvaceous' variety

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4. River Wattle   (Acacia cognata)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Waterfall'

A prostrate form of this very popular wattle that retains its foliage along the stem as it matures. The base from which the stems emerge will, over time, develop its own architectural character, adding to the intrigue of the plant. For dramatic impact, plant in...
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5. Knife Blade Wattle   (Acacia cultriformis)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Cascade'

A dense groundcover or cascading plant with arching or weeping stems with neatly arranged silver-grey foliage covered in clusters of golden flowers in spring. Small insect-eating birds such as wrens and thornbills will probe amongst the flowers for food. Spectacular as a curtain, cascading from...
  ...learn more about the 'Cascade' variety


6. Wattle   (Acacia pravissima)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Bushwalk Baby'

Acacia 'Bushwalk baby' is a delightful low growing wattle with small wedge shaped grey leaves and yellow ball-like flowers in spring. It is perfect for rockeries or gracefully spilling out of a tub, hanging basket or over a retaining wall. Even when it is not in...
  ...learn more about the 'Bushwalk Baby' variety

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7. Wattle   (Acacia spathulifolia)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Gold Carpet'

Acacia 'Gold carpet has profuse golden-yellow flowers in late winter to spring on a low-growing shrub with interesting spoon-shaped foliage. This spectacular wattle grows to around a quarter of a metre high and a metre round, with a lovely shape. Use it as a feature groundcover...
  ...learn more about the 'Gold Carpet' variety

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8. Red cats tail, Chenille plant, Firetail, Acalypha   (Acalypha reptans)

Acalypha reptans is a tropical or subtropical subshrub with decorative pendulous tassels of red flowers in summer to autumn. An easy care, low maintenance plant. They are good garden feature plants, for massed plantings and borders, and for containers. They can be used as indoor...
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9. Flame Bush   (Adenanthos cuneatus)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Coral Carpet'

This delightful ground cover features beautifully textured colourful foliage that provides a year round highlight in the garden. Best in coastal areas of Western Australia but also grows well in well drained soils in other parts of southern Australia. It small red flowers are not...
  ...learn more about the 'Coral Carpet' variety

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10. Jugflower   (Adenanthos cuneatus)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Flat Out'

The totally prostrate habit combined with the texture and colour of the foliage are the outstanding features of this fantastic Western Australian plant. It is best used as a ground cover to spill over embankments or rockeries, or as weeping standard grafted plant. Whilst the...
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11. Lily of the Nile   (Agapanthus)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Summer Gold'

Agapanthus 'Summer Gold' is a strappy leafed perennial plant with stunning pale gold and green variegated foliage and tall globe shaped mauve flower heads in summer. A great bullet proof plant which will brighten the garden. It can be planted in full sun to...
  ...learn more about the 'Summer Gold' variety

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12. Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile   (Agapanthus orientalis)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Baby Pete'

Agapanthus "Baby Pete' is a compact, dwarf agapanthus, with striped blue flowers, and is bred for Australian conditions. It is a sterile form of agapanthus, which means that it sets no seed, so there is no risk of it being a weed hazard. It is a herbaceous, evergreen, perennial...
  ...learn more about the 'Baby Pete' variety

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13. Agapanthus   (Agapanthus orientalis)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Cloudy Days'

Agapanthus orientalis 'Cloudy Days' is a mid-sized, clumping perennial plant with bi-coloured blue and white flowers in summer. It is a great hardy garden plant for most areas and soil types. Grows in full sun to shade, but best flowering is in higher light. Good...
  ...learn more about the 'Cloudy Days' variety

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14. Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile   (Agapanthus praecox)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Gold Strike'

Agapathus 'Gold Strike' is a selected form of the very popular agapanthus, with golden variegated foliage and dark blue, striped flowers. It is a herbaceous, evergreen, perennial plant, and is a very reliable, easy care garden favourite. It is long flowering through the warmer months,...
  ...learn more about the 'Gold Strike' variety

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15. Ajuga, Carpet bugle, Bugle   (Ajuga reptans)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' is a selected form of the hardy herbaceous groundcover plant Ajuga. It has dark purple-black leaves with decorative ruffled margins, and it spreads from underground stolons to form a mat-like groundcover. It is a very useful plant for shady and semi shaded...
  ...learn more about the 'Black Scallop' variety

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16. Blue Bugle   (Ajuga reptans)

Ajuga reptans is a useful creeping groundcover perennial plant with dark green leaves and spikes of blue flowers in spring. The foliage is glossy and attractive, and it grows by sending out runners on the soil, which root along their length. This creates a dense...
  ...learn more about the Ajuga reptans

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17. Joy weed, Alternanthera, Gomphrena   (Alternanthera aurea)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Exhibition Border Gold'

Alternanthera aurea 'Exhibition Border Gold' is a colourful groundcovering perennial, with small green leaves blotched with gold. Use as a contrast or accent plant in warmer areas, or as an annual in cooler climates, as it is frost tender. It makes a good low hedge...
  ...learn more about the 'Exhibition Border Gold' variety

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18. Joy weed, Calico plant, Alternanthera   (Alternanthera bettzickiana)
        Cultivar/variety: 'Exhibition Border Red'

Alternanthera  bettzickiana 'Exhibition Border Red' is a colourful groundcovering perennial, with small burgundy leaves blotched with bright pink. Use as a contrast or accent plant in warmer areas, or as an annual in cooler climates, as it is frost tender. It makes a good low...
  ...learn more about the 'Exhibition Border Red' variety

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19. Joy weed, Calico plant, Alternanthera, Gomphrena   (Alternanthera brasiliana)

Alternanthera brasiliana is a colourful groundcovering perennial. Use as a contrast or accent plant in warmer areas, or as an annual in cooler climates, as it is frost tender. It makes a good low hedge plant, for massed plantings, for contrast in flower beds, and...
  ...learn more about the Alternanthera brasiliana

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20. Joy weed, Alternanthera, Gomphrena, Calico plant   (Alternanthera dentata)

Alternanthera dentata is a low growing, groundcovering perennial with colourful foliage. It makes a great contrast or accent plant in warmer areas, and is low maintenance. It is frost tender, and can be used as an annual in cooler climates. It makes a good low...
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