These beautiful compact shade plants can be used as perennial ground cover which will add interest to your garden while helping to keep the weeds down.
Perennial Ground Cover Plants
Compact perennial plants that can be planted under taller plants add interesting layers to your garden and help to keep the weeds down.
Although there are some perennial ground cover plants that bloom brilliantly in the shade, many rely more on foliage and color variations rather than flowers to create interest.
I find that dense planting of shade tolerant perennials requires very little maintenance and minimal weeding, as long as they are adequately watered. I also amend the soil with compost and triple mix prior to planting and use a thick layer of mulch to retain moisture and restore nutrients.
Keep reading to see some of my favorite compact shade perennials that grow to be less than 18” high, and are excellent ground covers.