Wild or Virginia Strawberry has white flowers which provide early-season nectar. Decorative in a hanging pot and effective as a ground cover as it spreads readily by stolons. Having high ecological value, it provides early season nectar, pollen & serves as a larval host plant. Provenance: Kentucky.
Light: Full to Part Sun
Height: 4 to 7 inches
Darling little plant useful as an early season ground cover. Self-sows in favorable conditions. Grown from Kentucky-source seed.
Light: Part Shade to Full Shade
Height: to 1.5 feet
Belonging to a family of primitive vascular plants, this plant does not flower but forms cone-like heads that bear spores. Evergreen stems provide very interesting visual texture in all seasons. Be forewarned that containment in a large pot is highly recommended for home use of this plant. It can spread aggressively by rhizomes, even bypassing pavement underground to colonize new areas.
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil: Average to Wet
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Hardy & unique, this trailing succulent is ideal for use as a ground cover, in a window box or rock garden. Good source for early-season nectar. Drought-tolerant once established.
Light: Part Sun
Height: 3 to 6 inches
Blooms: April to May
Dwarf Crested Iris
Typically 6 inches or less in height, this spring-blooming iris spreads to form a lovely ground cover in a shaded portion of the garden. Deer resistant. Provenance: Kentucky.
Height: 3 to 8 inches
Flowers: blue to pale blue with yellow crest
Also know as Goldstar, this is a readily-spreading & low, mat-forming perennial bearing yellow flowers. Excellent ground cover.
Height: 6 to 12 inches
Blooms: May to October
Big Leaf Aster
Aka Large Leaf Aster, this plant is useful as a ground cover in moist, well drained soil in part shade. Flowers provide important late season nectar. Spreads by rhizomes in optimal conditions.
Light: best in part shade
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Blooms: September to October
Flowers: white to violet