Aspley Nursery

Plant Descriptions

GROUNDCOVERS

This page has information on the most common groundcovers we have available in the nursery and we will be updated in the coming months with our favourite groundcovers

Acalypha reptans     Casuarina Cousin It    Casuarina Prostrate   Delosperma    Dichondra    Helichrysum     Pratia    Scaevola

Acalypha reptans

A very tough groundcover for sun or part shade, it features a catkin not a flower. It is very fast growing and very hardy. It spreads by sending down roots from nodes where they touch the ground but with minimal maintenance it can be controlled in specified areas.

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Casuarina Cousin It

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Casuarina Cousin It is a proven performer that is absolutely unique in it's growing habit. This prostrate she oak will form a dense deep green matt on a level surface and on a sloping surface it will cascade down the slope. Like all Casuarina it is hardy and will form a good weed barrier when established. It grows about 1m across

Casuarina glauca prostrate

Casuarina glauca prostrate Casuarina glauca prostrate is a she oak that we found in Victoria and have trailed in Queensland over the last few years. It seems to be a bit flatter than Cousin It but it is just as robust. It is suitable for use in groundcover situations such as banks and over walls as well as on median strips and roundabouts.

Like Cousin It  it needs care to establish but once established is very hardy. We have trialed it in areas with poor soil and with minimal care and it has proved itself.

Once it is established it will help reduce weeds by smothering the soil.

It is available in 140mm and 200mm pots.

Delosperma

One of the newer plants we are growing is Delosperma. With the consistent hot weather we are enduring there is definitely a place for this small groundcover succulent. It is very hardy with small starry flowers in a range of colours. We planted the basket above to showcase the different colours available.

 

Delosperma are available in red, gold, pink, orange, white and violet. Their common name is Ice Plant and are native to South Africa, they form a dense matt of foliage smothered in masses of bright coloured flower. They love dry hot areas such as walls and rockeries but will also thrive in moist areas as well. They would be very hardy in tough situations such as baskets and green walls.

 

Dichondra

Dichondra are very hardy spreading groundcovers that are suitable for sun and shade positions. They can be used as a matting groundcover in a range of landscape styles. The original form is Dichondra repens, it has small rounded leaves and has been used as a lawn substitute in some situations.

Recently a silver grey form has become increasing popular in ornamental horticulture, it's name, Silver Falls, is well deserved as it features cascading silver foliage. Grown in pots the result can be quite spectacular but it can also be used as a stunning groundcover.

Dichondra repens

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Dichondra Silver Falls 

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Helichrysum ramosissima

Helichrysum is also known as Chrysacephalum apiculatum is a very hardy groundcover for full sun or part shade. It matts over the ground creating a dense groundcover that continually flowers throughout the warmer months.

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Pratia Pedunculata

Pratia is a fast growing groundcover that will mat across a garden in sun or part shade. It has small starry white flowers. It is best in well drained positions.

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Scaevola aemula Purple Fanfare

This is a very fast growing, hardy groundcover, the large mauve flowers are massed in early spring and throughout the warmer months. In this garden they are mixed with Agapanthus and this garden they are mixed with Agapanthus and Dietes bicolour but they fit into native garden designs as well.

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