Drought Tolerant Groundcovers for Shade

Dry shady locations can present a gardening and landscape design challenge. The palette of plants available is limited however, there are a number of attractive plant selections available. Under certain conditions groundcovers can become invasive. They may crowd out other plants in the landscape, so knowledge of plant characteristics is important before planting. The following chart lists groundcovers suitable for dry shade.

Plant Name Common Name Flower Color
Vinca minor Common Periwinkle Indigo
Veronica pectinata Blue Wooly Speedwell Indigo
Viola corsica Corsican Violet Violet
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff White
Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' Snow on the Mountain White
Sedum ternatum Woodland Stonecrop Creamy White
Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis Panchito Manzanita White/Red berries
Lamium maculatum Spotted Dead Nettle White/Pink
Bergenia cordifolia Heartleaf Saxifrage Pink
Mahonia repens Creeping Mahonia Yellow

For more information, see the following Colorado State Extension fact sheet(s).

For more information, see the following Planttalk Coloradoâ„¢ script(s).

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Updated Wednesday, October 12, 2016