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Ground Covers

... we only started with evergreens!

Even though our name is Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery, we do carry a full line of landscape plants.

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Bugle    Harebell    Leadwort   Cotoneaster    Deutzia    Pinks    Woodruff   

Cranesbill    English Ivy    St. John's Wort    Juniper    Lamium/ Deadnettle   

Siberian Cypress    Pachysandra    Sumac    Stonecrop/ Sedum   

Thyme    Speedwell    Periwinkle/ Myrtle    Barren Strawberry

 


Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ BURGUNDY GLOW CARPET BUGLE

2-6 in. (Zone 4) Low growing semi-evergreen foliage with blue flower spikes in May through early summer. Prefers partial shade. Does well in sunny area if soil is kept from drying out.  Foliage is green, creamy white and pink tricolor.

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Campanula carpatica 'Pearl Deep Blue' PEARL DEEP BLUE HAREBELL

8 in. (Zone 4)  Deep blue flowers appear several weeks earlier that C.c. 'Blue Clips' with slightly smaller leaves.

JOHNSTON'S PEARL DEEP BLUE HAREBELL

 

Campanula carpatica ‘Rapido Blue’ RAPIDO BLUE CARPATHIAN HAREBELL

5-7 in. (Zone 4)  Low spreader for rock gardens and front of border plantings.  Clumps of dark green foliage topped in summer by clusters of bright bluish purple flowers.  Very compact hybrid. Similar to Campanula Blue Clips.

 

Campanula carpatica ‘Rapido White’  RAPIDO WHITE CARPATHIAN HAREBELL

5-7 in. (Zone 4)  Low spreader for rock gardens and front of border plantings.  Clumps of dark green foliage topped in summer by clusters of bright white flowers.  Very compact hybrid. Similar to Campanula White Clips.

 

Ceratosigma plumbaginoides  PLUMBAGO or BLUE LEADWORT

6-12 in. (Zone 5) Late summer-flowering herbaceous perennial.  Does well in sun or partial shade. Flowers are electric blue.  Foliage is green, turning red in fall.

JOHNSTON'S PLUMBAGO JOHNSTON'S PLUMBAGO CLOSE UP

 

Cotoneaster apiculata  CRANBERRY COTONEASTER

2 ft. (Zone 4) Low, spreading shrub with arching branches.  Glossy green leaves turn bright red in fall.  Tiny pink flowers in spring and red berries in late summer.  Very tolerant of soil and light conditions. Great for bank plantings.

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Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’  CORAL BEAUTY COTONEASTER

24-30 in. (Zone 5)  Also known as Royal Beauty Cotoneaster.  Low-growing variety with white flowers in May, followed by coral-colored berries in late summer through early winter.  Grows in sun or partial shade.  Semi-evergreen.

JOHNSTON'S CORAL BEAUTY COTONEASTER JOHNSTON'S CORAL BEAUTY COTONEASTER CLOSE UP

 

Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Scarlet Leader’  SCARLET LEADER COTONEASTER

6-12 in (Zone 5)  Often used as a ground cover. An abundance of scarlet-red berries provide sharp contrast against glossy semi-evergreen foliage. Dense, low-growing growth habit.  Does well in sun or partial shade.

 

Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’  NIKKO SLENDER DEUTZIA

12-15 in. (Zone 4)  A small-leafed, graceful groundcover shrub that offers white flowers.  Rich green foliage turns deep burgundy in fall.

JOHNSTON'S NIKKO SLENDER DEUTZIA

 

Dianthus ‘Frosty Fire’  FROSTY FIRE PINKS

6 in. (Zone 3)  Blue-green foliage topped with long lasting-brilliant red blooms.

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Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’  FIREWITCH CHEDDER PINKS

7-8 in. (Zone 3)  Magenta-pink flowers appear in early summer and have a spicy clove scent.  Silvery-blue foliage forms a low mat.  Flowers often reappear in early fall.

firewitch dianthus

 

Galium odorata  (Formerly Asperula ordata) SWEET WOODRUFF

6-9 in. (Zone 3) A spreading groundcover with fresh green whorled leaves and fragrant white flowers in May.  Plant is typically evergreen, with new growth starting early in spring.  Prefers part-shade to shade in well-drained soil.

JOHNSTON'S SWEET WOODRUFF

 

Geranium ‘Azure Rush’ (P.P.No. 22,684)  AZURE RUSH CRANESBILL

14-18 in. (Zone 5)  A beautiful compact sport of Rozanne .  Violet-blue flowers from mid-June to October.  The foliage is dark green and turns red in fall.

 

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (P.P.No. 12,175)  ROZANNE CRANESBILL

18-20 in. (Zone 5)  Beautiful large free-flowering plant.  Violet-blue flowers from mid-June to October.  The foliage is dark green and turns red in fall.

JOHNSTON'S ROZANNE CRANESBILL

 

Hedera helix ‘Thorndale’ THORNDALE ENGLISH IVY

6-8 in. (Zone 5) Smaller leaved and lower growing than H. helix. Evergreen foliage is a rich, glossy dark green. Grows well in sun or shade. Popular and very hardy.

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Hypericum calcynum  AARONSBEARD ST. JOHN'S WORT

8-10 in. (Zone 5) Flowers from July through September with 2" yellow blooms. Foliage is semi-evergreen in protected locations or with adequate snow coverage. Does well in most any location.

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Juniperus horizontalis ‘Billow Beach’  BILLOW BEACH JUNIPER

6-8 in. (Zone 4)  Very low, ground-hugging evergreen. Striking golden-yellow foliage makes this a real eye-catcher.  Tolerant of many soils except wet areas.  Plant in full sun.  Taken as a sport from Blue Rug Juniper.  (Very similar to if not the same as Mother Lode Juniper)

 

Juniperus horizontalis Icee Blue™ ‘Monber’ (PPAF)    ICEE BLUE™ JUNIPER

4 in. (Zone 3)  Dense, compact silvery-blue foliage on this ground-hugging plant.  Very interesting addition to any landscape.

Icee Blue Juniper

 

Juniperus horizontalis ‘Mother Lode’  MOTHER LODE JUNIPER

6-8 in. (Zone 4)  Very low, ground-hugging evergreen. Striking golden-yellow foliage makes this a real eye-catcher.  Tolerant of many soils except wet areas.  Plant in full sun.  Taken as a sport from Blue Rug Juniper.

Mother Lode Juniper

 

Juniperus horizontalis plumosa ‘Youngstown’  YOUNGSTOWN ANDORRA JUNIPER

10-15 in. (Zone 4)  One of the best compact and full-centered, low-growing Junipers.

Andorra Juniper

 

Juniperus procumbens nana  DWARF JAPANESE GARDEN JUNIPER

12 in. (Zone 5) A low, spreading evergreen with light green foliage.  Very compact, becoming a thick green mat in time.  Prefers full to part sun in well-drained soil.

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

 

Juniperus procumbens nana ‘Greenmound’  GREENMOUND JUNIPER  

4-6 in. (Zone 5) Even lower growing than J.p.nana. Its growth is compact, tufted and greener in color. Very dense foliage gives a cushion effect.

JOHNSTON'S GREENMOUND JUNIPER

 

Juniperus sabina ‘Moor-Dense’™ (P.P.No. 6,656)  MOOR-DENSE™ JUNIPER

8-12 in. (Zone 3)  A very dense form of J.s. ‘Broadmoor.’  Crisp, bright green foliage for a more refined appearance.  Very similar to Broadmoor and Tam’s Juniper.

JOHNSTON'S MOOR-DENSE JUNIPER


 

Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’ ANNE GREENAWAY LAMIUM

6-8 in. (Zone 3-8)  Blend of chartreuse, silver, medium-green and mint-green leaves.  Mauve flowers.  Spreads by underground stolons.  Makes a good weed-smothering groundcover or mask for dying bulb foliage.. 

Anne Greenway Lamium

 

Lamium macrulatum ‘Orchid Frost’  ORCHID FROST LAMIUM or SPOTTED DEADNETTLE

4-8 in. (Zone 3)  Silver leaves with green edges on a compact grower.  Orchid-pink flowers.  Excellent addition for front of beds or borders.

Orchid Frost Lamium 


Lamium maculatum ‘Purple Dragon’ (PPAF)  PURPLE DRAGON LAMIUM or SPOTTED DEADNETTLE

4-8 in. (Zone 3)  Bright silver leaves with green edges. Deep purple snapdragon-like flowers are the largest of any lamium. 

Purple Dragon Lamium

 

Lamium macrulatum ‘White Nancy’  WHITE NANCY LAMIUM or SPOTTED DEADNETTLE

6-8 in. (Zone 3)  Spreading perennial that forms a mat of green-edged silver leaves. Often persists through winter.  Flowers are white.  Good groundcover, especially for shaded areas.

WHite Nancy Lamium

 

Microbiota decussata ‘Celtic Pride’™  CELTIC PRIDE™ SIBERIAN CYPRESS

1-3 ft. (Zone 3)  Celtic Pride’s green foliage turns russet color in winter, very cold-hardy plant with better shade tolerance than junipers, good in sun or shade. Highly disease resistant, not plagued with tip die-back as other Russian cypress.

 

Microbiota decussata SIBERIAN CARPET CYPRESS

1 ft. (Zone 3) Extremely hardy low growing evergreen similar in appearance to some low growing Junipers. Lacy green foliage is green turning burgundy for winter and is shade and drought tolerant. Excellent ground cover for sun or shade.

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Pachysandra terminalis JAPANESE SPURGE PACHYSANDRA

8-10 in. (Zone 4) Popular evergreen ground cover for shady areas. Leaves are glossy green. White flowers in May.

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Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’  GRO-LOW FRAGRANT SUMAC

2 ft.  (Zone 4-9)  Low, spreading plant with yellow flowers in May, followed by brilliant scarlet to orange berries.  Glossy green leaves turn beautiful orange-red in autumn.  Sun or partial shade. Leaves have citrus like fragrance.

 

Phlox subulata ‘Varieties’ MOSS PHLOX

6 in. (Zone 3) Bright flowers in early spring. Very low growing mat forming growth habit with bright green, dense, needle-like evergreen foliage is very attractive. We normally carry pink, blue, white, and red.

JOHNSTON'S MOSS PHLOX

 

Sedum ‘Dazzleberry’ (P.P.No. 22,457)  DAZZLEBERRY STONECROP  

6-8 in. (Zones 4)  Compact clump of smoky blue-grey foliage topped with giant 6-8” vibrant raspberry colored flowers which bloom for over 7 weeks. Drought tolerant. Rabbit resistant and attracts butterflies.  SUNSPARKLER SERIES

 

Sedum ‘Firecracker’ (PPAF)  FIRECRACKER SEDUM

6 in. (Zone 4) Greater vigor and more robust growing than 'Cherry Tart', this weed-suppresent groundcover sedum produces showy burgundy red foliage all season long.  Vigrant pink flowers in late summer.  Drought tolerant and attracts butterflies. 

 

Sedum 'Lime Zinger'  LIME ZINGER STONECROP

4-6 in. (Zone 4-9) Succulent apple green leaves are edged in cherry red and grow into a low, tight, weed suppressing mat topped with clustered of soft pink flowers late summer to early fall.

JOHNSTON'S LIME ZINGER STONECROP



Sedum seiboldi  SEIBOLDI STONECROP

6 in. (Zone 3)  Large ice-blue to gray succulent leaves on reddish stems.  Bright rosy pink flowers in late summer and fall.  Used in low masses, as an edger, or in rock gardens.  Prefers sun to part sun in well-drained soil.

JOHNSTON'S SEIBOLDI STONECROP

 

Sedum spurium ‘Fuldaglut’  FULDAGLUT SEDUM

4-6 in. (Zone 4)  Vigorous, mat forming, evergreen sedum with red stems and bronze-red leaves. Rose red flowers.

JOHNSTON'S FULDAGUT SEDUM

 

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (PPAF)  ANGELINA SEDUM

3-6 in. (Zone 3)  Low-growing mats of golden yellow, needle-like, succulent foliage. Foliage will turn coppery yellow  in fall and is evergreen. Yellow flowers in May. Use for rock gardens and ground cover. Prefers sun. Very similar to the S.  x ’Golden Acre.’

 

Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’   COCCINEUS MOTHER OF THYME

2-4 in. (Zone 4)  Dark pink flowers in June cover dark green foliage.  Evergreen in most areas.

Coccineus Mother of Thyme

 

Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’   PINK CHINTZ MOTHER OF THYME

2 in. (Zone 4)  Popular garden herb.  Very low-growing green to grayish-green foliage. Covered in summer with salmon-pink flowers.  Does well in almost any well-drained soil.   Prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade.

Pink Chintz Mother of Thyme

 

Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’  ROYAL CANDLES SPEEDWELL

15-18 in. (Zone 4)  Compact, deep green foliage with violet-blue flower spikes.

JOHNSTON'S ROYAL CANDLES SPEEDWELL

 

Vinca Minor PERIWINKLE or MYRTLE

4-8 in. (Zone 4) Trailing evergreen groundcover for sun or shade. Oval, glossy green foliage with lavender-blue flowers in May. ADVANCED ORDERS ONLY!

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Waldsteinia ternata SIBERIAN BARREN STRAWBERRY

4 in. (Zone 4) Extremely low growing evergreen ground cover, a little more compact than W. fragrarioides. Strawberry-like foliage with yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Very hardy and produces no fruit. Does well in sun or shade.

Barren Strawberry

   
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