The Best Low Growing Ground Cover Between Patios


The best low-growing ground covers to place between patios are those that are easy to care for, grow fairly quickly, and require little time or energy to maintain. Ferns, moss, ornamental grasses and vines are surefire winners to consider when low-growing ground covers are needed between patios. Perennials makes the best low-maintenance ground cover plants because they return year after year.

Fern Moss

  • Fern moss is a low-growing ground cover that grows fast and provides evergreen color. It has been used in Japanese gardens along with ferns to bring a sense of tranquility and simplicity. Fern moss prefers shade and is ideal between patios where it can receive adequate moisture.

Japanese Blood Grass

  • An eye-catching ornamental grass, Japanese blood grass has chartreuse blades spiked with magenta. Of all the grasses, the Japanese blood grass is the most colorful, making a brilliant display for patios.

Dwarf Fountain Grass

  • All varieties of dwarf fountain grasses make excellent ground covers when planted between patios. With the softly swaying plumes of white on deep green stalks, dwarf fountain grass provides movement and color to otherwise boring landscapes. They are easy to care for and are highly adapted to all types of soil and warm climates, making them ideal choice for hardiness and ease of maintenance in southern locations.


  • Sedge is another type of low-growing grass that acts as perfect ground cover. It grows to be about 2 feet tall, prefers part to full shade and soils with medium moisture. There are many varieties to choose from including light green, dark green, and variegated. Different types of sedge look great when combined together in clumps of mass plantings or with other types of grasses.

Golden Pothos

  • Golden pothos is a climbing vine with marbled yellow foliage. Sometimes used as a houseplant, golden pothos makes an excellent ground cover because it spreads 3 to 6 feet, is disease resistant and requires minimal care. It grows quickly and can be pinched to shape as needed. It can also be paired with other plants such as sedge or fountain grass for an easy to care for ground cover.

Siberian Bugloss

  • Siberian bugloss plants are perennial ground cover plants because they are easily grown and provide evergreen color with splashes of blue flowers in spring. When grown in part shade and consistently moist soils, Siberian bugloss plants easily grow from seeds and self-seed in gardens, spreading slowly to form thick ground covers. They are disease resistant and hardy in zones 3 to 8.

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