Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety'
Photo/Illustration: Brandi Spade
3. Soil Erosion
Our precious plants thrive in nutrient-rich soil, so cover up that bare earth! Rain, water, and sun all contribute to soil erosion. Not only can your soil be washed away, but your plants' roots can be left exposed and vulnerable to the elements. Ground covers are excellent soil binders.
4. Weeds and Your Body
This may be my favorite reason of all: Ground covers provide state-of-the-art weed control! This is welcome news for my knees and my back, as I am no longer a young gardener. As the creeping plants grow together, they crowd out, kill off, and downright smother weeds. I haven't worked with a more effective barrier.
Herbal ground covers add texture to our gardens that makes them interesting and original. They invite the senses out to play--from their texture, to their colors, to their surprising scents.
The fact that our reliable herbs make accommodating ground covers is not surprising. Herb gardeners have long sung the praises of the exhaustive positive attributes of herbs. Groundcover is just one more desirable trait that herbs offer us. I have a secret in my garden. Now the secret is in yours.