The Best Flowering Ground Covers to Spruce Up Your Boring Grass - Backyard Boss
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The Best Flowering Ground Covers to Spruce Up Your Boring Grass

You would be surprised how many options you have to turn your boring landscape into something magical. Some of them, like retaining walls, are beautiful but unfortunately, can be difficult to build and maintain. So if you are looking for a simple yet gorgeous solution, we recommend you plant a flowering ground cover in your garden. 

Besides making your yard look pretty, they are highly functional. They can fight uninvited weeds, control soil erosion, and can be grown on slopes that are too steep for lawn mowers. As with any garden decoration, you have to choose what will match the style of your landscape the most. To help you with that, we gathered this list of the nine best flowering ground covers below.


Blue isn’t the most obvious choice for a flowering ground cover, but it’s a great one, and if you want to go blue, then plant Bugleweed all over your garden! It is a herbaceous perennial that will make your landscape stand out and help you get rid of any weeds that come close to it. Besides gorgeous blue flower spikes, it also produces dark green leaves that emphasize its charm even more. It’s best to plant it in the late spring or early summer so it can grow its best. 

Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox is a great choice for anyone who enjoys having some pops of pink in their landscape. It blooms at the end of the spring or the beginning of the summer with gorgeous petal flowers that can grow up to an inch across. Its’ flowers attract butterflies, making your garden even more appealing. It’s best to plant them in early spring when you know that those freezing days are finally over. 

Canadian Anemone

Many people say that the one plant they associate most with spring is the Canadian Anemone. It’s probably due to its cute white, little flowers and bright green leaves. It is a US native wildflower that prefers moist soil and can be found in zones from 3 to 8. If you want it to thrive well, plant it in the area with full sun to part shade. If you do that, they can grow up to two feet, covering your whole garden! 


By planting Hosta, you will make your garden look more natural, as it was living its own life without your interference. Once planted, it requires almost no maintenance, so it is a perfect solution for folks that are too busy to spend hours in their garden. They can be planted in a shady area with just little sun. However, since the colors of its foliage vary, the rule of thumb is that the more sun, the more bright it will be. 


Deadnettle is definitely an interesting choice to plant. It grows as a spreading mat of herbaceous stems and leaves. It blooms from May to June with gorgeous purple, lavender, pink, and white flowers. It’s super easy to grow and can be planted in almost any soil condition. Just keep in mind that it prefers shady or partially shady areas, so do not plant it in full sun, otherwise, it won’t do its best.

Yellow Alyssum

Yellow Alyssum is a must-have for every yellow color enthusiast. Its second name is a basket of gold, and its beautiful yellow flowers bloom from April to May. However, not only are its flowers charming, it has attractive blue-gray leaves that attract visitors. If you want to enjoy it during the spring, you should plant the seeds very early. It’s best to do that in early fall. The good part is that they do not require maintenance and can be grown even in poor soil. 

Pig Squeak

Pig Squeak doesn’t have the most appealing name in the world, but it doesn’t stop it from making a sensation in your garden. Its original name is Bergenia, and it is an evergreen perennial with heart-shaped glossy green leaves. It grows best in full sun but can tolerate some shade as well. It is called pig squeak due to the noise its leaves make when they are rubbed together. It’s a low-maintenance plant, meaning you won’t have to remember to take care of it once it is planted.


Cotoneaster is one of those plants that can satisfy almost everybody. Whether you want to grow a 10-foot hedge plant or a small groundcover, you will be able to find something for your landscape. As long as you plant it in the right location with full sun or partial shade, you won’t have to take care of it too much. It only needs watering during prolonged dry spells. The most popular cotoneaster species are cranberry cotoneaster, bearberry, hedge cotoneaster, and for ground covering purposes spreading cotoneaster.

To Sum Up

And there you have the 8 most beautiful flowering ground covers that will turn your garden into a magical place. Just remember to establish if the plant you decide to go with matches the unique style of your landscape. We also recommend not to stick only to one kind. Try planting a few of them to make your yard look even more interesting.

Let us know which flowering ground cover is your favorite one, and as always, please share!