Outdoor Secrets

5 of our Favourite Ground Covers

Whether it’s that bare space under a feature tree, or between steppers, there’s a ground cover out there for it!

Zoysia tenufolia

A great low maintenance ground cover which grows very slowly. Ideal for both full sun or shade, this grass forms soft, green and undulating mounds that create “puffy” appearance. This groundcover is a fantastic architectural feature, great for bases of feature trees, Japanese themed gardens, in between steppers and in pots.

Photo: Centenary Landscaping

Dichondra Repens

This hardy Australian native produces a beautiful carpet of lily pad leaves. This stunning groundcover grows happily in full sun or dappled shade and is ideal for between steppers, the base of feature trees or a great substitute for mulch.

Photo: @ascher_smith

Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’

This herbaceous and evergreen perennial is a hardy groundcover that continues to spread as it grows. It not only works as a great filler, but it’s also ideal for hanging pots, cascading over walls or pots and between steppers. The name Silver Falls comes from the unique colouring of the leaves, a silvery pale green. It’s an extremely drought tolerant and heat tolerant plant and perfect as an indoor or outdoor plant.

Photo: @acre_studio


Mondo Grass

Mondo Grass is a great low maintenance garden filler or standalone grass like groundcover. The groundcover performs well in both sun and shade but requires adequate moisture to survive. 

Photo: Peter Fudge Gardens


Star Jasmine

This versatile plant has glossy foliage and sweetly scented flowers. Star Jasmine can be trained to grow on a trellis, over a pergola, cascading over a wall, as a border or filler plant, and it’s also suited to pots.   

Picture: Honey Suckle Garden