Seeds for Ground Cover Plants
Important Note about starting Ground
Cover Seeds: Ground Covers should be started as "plugs" inside
in plug starting trays and then transplanted outside as plugs
in order to establish a ground cover. You can use peat pots and peat pellets to start you plugs. You should not try to
direct sow seeds outside, you will receive very poor results
this way, and we will not warrant the seeds if this method is
used, we will only warrant seeds if they are started as
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6002 Dichondra repens
This is a perennial ground cover plant which has a prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves and entire margins that is grown from Dichondra seed.
It grows very close to the ground, (usually not over 2 inches tall) and is a warm season fast growing ground cover. It is adapted to warmer climates, but will retain its striking green color during winter temperatures as low as 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit with only slight leaf browning. Dichondra has broad, almost circular leaves (looks similar to clover) and when mowed low establishes a thick dense carpet look. Dichondra is now used in many ground cover situations where normal grasses may not do as well.
It has a bright green color and a very good feel underfoot.
Dichondra is highly resistant to diseases and will grow in partial shade to full sun. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mowed.
When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for an even, smooth finish. Dichondra Repens is commonly called Kidney Weed, Dichondra Pony Foot, or Lawn Leaf. It grows so easily from ground cover seeds that it can be used as a lawn alternative to create a Dichondra Repens lawn.
Best for zones 7-11.
Click here for Detailed Growing Instructions for Dichondra
Also called Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle,Carpenter's Herb, this tough perennial is a nice creeping groundcover for problem areas. Bold blue massed
color in spring; sun or shade. Grows 6 inches tall, hardy to
It is noted for the striking range of foliage colors and textures. The rich foliage and spring flowers make this a popular choice for replacing turf grass, especially under trees and other areas where mowing (such as over roots) can be dangerous and areas where grass will not grow.
Best used for edging, as a ground cover, or beneath trees or larger shrubs, infrequent foot traffic is tolerated. Attracts butterflies, one of the few groundcovers that will grow under walnut trees.
You will need to start seeds inside, and transplant outside as "plugs".
Perennial, hardy to zone 3, grows 4 inches tall. Evergreen mat
forming ground cover with rose white flowers.
8SER58 Snow Carpet Anthemis carp. Karpatenschnee
Compact, cushion former, long lasting white daisies, reblooms, "walk on" plant. Grows about 6" tall. Hardy to zone 5.
8SER03 Arabis caucasica
Pink, spring ground cover. Perennial, hardy to zone 3, grows 6
8SER04 Arabis caucasica
White, early spring bloomer, for rockery or walls. Perennial,
hardy to zone 3, grows 6 inches tall.
8SER05 European Ginger
Polished heart shaped leaves mark this sought after, desirable
ground cover. Perennial, grows 6 inches tall, hardy to zone
TRM638 Purple Robe ( Saxifraga Arendsii )
An excellent groundcover that is compact, free-flowering, and easily raised from seed. These charming perennials quickly form an evergreen verdant mat. The surface-spreading mossy leaves are evergreen for year-round effect.
When your spring bloomers are starting to fade, the dense mats of Purple Robe become covered with small carmine red, cup-shaped flowers held upright on ankle-high, strong stems.
Also, known as Mossy Saxifrage or Purple Robe ground cover, Saxifrages grow well in containers, beds, rock gardens, and anywhere a low-growing, spreading ground cover plant is desired. Mossy Saxifrage plants prefer well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade conditions. Purple Robe does not do well in the hot humid areas. It is both deer and rabbit resistant.
Grows about 6 inches tall, a perennial hardy for zones 4-9. 1,000 seeds will cover 20 square foot area.
8SER39 English Daisy Pomponette Mix ( Bellis perennis )
Lots of quilled, double flowers, "walk on" plant. May take a season or two to become fully established, but once it does, you can look forward to years of colorful landscape. Perennial, hardy to zone 4, grows 6 inches tall.
RHC215 Heather ( Calluna vulgaris )
Evergreen, for sandy soils in sun. Grows 12 inches tall, for
zones 5 and higher.
8SER07 Snow in Summer
Vigorous spreading groundcover for walls or rockery, white
flowers, silver foliage, late spring. Perennial, hardy to zone
1, grows 6 inches tall.
Spreading groundcover, covered with raspberry pink flower
balls. Perennial, grows 8 inches tall, hardy to zone 5.
Fast growing green ground cover, clusters of white flowers,
likes cool shade. Self seeding annual that grows 8" tall and is
mature in 12 weeks from seed.
8SER09 Kenilworth Ivy
Ground cover ideal for rockery, small leafed trailer, tiny rose
flowers. Perennial, hardy to zone 5, grows 4 inches tall.
"Starburst" Delosperma floribunda
Plant Select Winner - succulent groundcover, drought tolerant,
vivid magenta, sometimes difficult to germinate. Perennial,
hardy to zone 6, grows 6 inches tall.
8SER56 Mock Stawberry Duchesnea indica
This rare ground cover plant will get second looks! It's a Strawberry plant with lovely yellow blooms, and it produces small red Strawberries all summer long on a creeping evergreen carpet. Mock Strawberry is well-suited for hanging over a wall or as a ground cover plant. Duchesnea Indica is naturalized throughout the United States, and it is found growing in shady places in woods and grassy slopes. Mock Strawberry prefers a moist, but well-drained soil in a partially sunny position. Once Mock Strawberry plants are established, the matted root sends out runners to set new plants. Indian Strawberry leaves are light green and finely haired. The small, yellow flowers are 5 petaled, and first appear in April and will bloom throughout the summer until fall. The fruit is small, about 1/2 inch round. It is edible, but many say the taste is un-noteworthy. Birds, however, love the red fruit. Grows about 5" tall. Hardy to zone 5.
8SER55 India Stawberry Fragaria indica
A very nice change of pace groundcover. Runnerless strawberry, for edging or natural planting, "walk on" plant. Grows about 3" tall. Hardy to zone 5.
SF074 One Time (Fragaria Ananassa)
Have you ever wanted a ground cover plant that produced berries? Well, look no farther than Fragaria ground cover grown from Strawberry seeds. Yes, Strawberry plants make a wonderful spreading ground cover and they have the additional benefit of producing delicious, edible fruit. These plants are quite easy to grow. They are perennial, winter hardy, and will thrive in full sunshine, as long as the soil is fertile and well-drained. Large, sweet berries with old time strawberry flavor.
8SER11 "Very Berry"
Evergreen groundcover, blush pink flowers, decorative red
berries, great for fall or winter pot. Grows 6 inches tall,
hardy to zone 5, perennial.
8SER54 Rose Baby's Breath Gypsophila repens
Dwarf, trailing plant with tiny flowers, for border or rockery, "walk on" good groundcover plant for rocky slopes and eyesore hills. Grows about 6" tall. Hardy to zone 6.
Mossy groundcover, yellow green foliage, tiny white flowers,
can take foot traffic, grows only 3" tall, hardy to zone 5.
8SER14 French Stardust
Orange red tufts on spreading basal foliage, for groundcover or
border. Annual plant growing 4 inches tall.
AW14 Bird's Foot Trefoil ( Lotus corniculatus )
A good groundcover for poor soils, Lotus corniculatus is a common flowering plant native to grassland temperate Eurasia and North Africa. The common name is Bird's-foot Trefoil (or similar, such as "birdsfoot trefoil"), though the common name is often also applied to other members of the genus. It is also known in cultivation in North America as Birdfoot Deervetch.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant, similar in appearance to some clovers. The flowers develop into small pea-like pods or legumes. The name 'bird's foot' refers to the appearance of the seed pods on their stalk. There are five leaflets, but with the central three held conspicuously above the others, hence the use of the name trefoil.
The height of the plant is variable, from 5-20 cm, occasionally more where supported by other plants; the stems can reach up to 50 cm long. It is typically sprawling at the height of the surrounding grassland. It can survive fairly close grazing, trampling and mowing. It is most often found in sandy soils. It Flowers from June until September.
The plant has had many common English names in Britain, which are now mostly out of use. These names were often connected with the yellow and orange colour of the flowers, e.g. 'eggs and bacon', 'butter and eggs'.
RHC511 Little Bluestem ( Andropogon scoparius )
A perennial grass growing 1 1/2 - 3 feet tall, will tolerate poor soil and makes a good groundcover. Widely adaptable to most any soils and growing conditions, suited for zones 3-10.
Little bluestem is one of the most popular ornamental grasses on the market today and is widely used in landscaping. Often used in plantings because it is short and mixes well with wildflowers for increased attraction. This native grass has a wide range of colors which are various shades of blue and green hues. These colors turn to a striking bright red in fall and are are topped by fluffy silvery-white seedstalks. This native grass can reach heights of two to four feet tall and a patch of this waving in the wind is truly a wonderful sight for your landscape.
Little bluestem is a vigorous, long-lived native bunchgrass, widely distributed over the United States; but most prevalent in the Central and Southern Great Plains. It is usually found associated with big bluestem native grass. It is more drought resistant that big bluestem, and a smaller plant - usually not reaching over 3 feet. Leaves are up to 8 inches long, and not over 0.25 inch wide. It furnishes dependable grazing and cured hay, but is not highly palatable. It is especially valuable for erosion control.
8SER38 Five Spot ( Nemophila maculata )
Lovely groundcover, white, blue spots, covered with blooms all summer, reseeds itself. Annual growing 6" tall, blooming in 8 weeks from seed.
8SER53 White Robe Nierembergia
Compact, dark green leaf, teems with snow white flowers, for bedding, pot, or ideal in basket, easy from seed, "walk on", good groundcover plant. Grows about 6" tall. Hardy to zone 6.
8SER15 Little Bells
Spreader, for basket, window box, or ground cover, likes poor
soil in sun, light blue petunia-like flowers. Annual growing 10
8SER16 Hails in Spain
Annual, growing 8 inches tall, grayish foliage covered with 1"
white blossoms, ideal groundcover under trees, interesting
8SER17 Pink Starlets
Teeming 1" veined pink blossoms, great ground cover or edging,
blooms first year. Perennial growing 12 inches tall, hardy to
8SER18 Creeping Zinnia
Yellow with black center, creeper, drought tolerant, for
baskets or ground cover. Annual growing 6 inches tall.
First year flowers, blue, white, pink, weather resistant ground
cover, easy to germ. Perennial growing 10 inches tall, hardy to
8SER20 Stonecrop Sedum
Succulent carpet forming green foliage with large starry sulfur
yellow flowers in spring to summer, hardy ground cover.
Perennial, grows 4 inches tall, hardy to zone 3.
8SER21 Stonecrop Sedum
Masses of blushed white flowers over ground hugging foliage.
Perennial, hardy to zone 4, grows 5 inches tall.
Dragon's Blood Sedum spurium
Dragon's Blood Sedum is an easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial ground cover which can be grown in a container or used in mass plantings. Sedum ground cover plants are exceptionally tolerant of heat and drought and also tolerate to cold and humidity.
Dragon's Blood Sedum is a fast growing ground cover with brilliant red flowers in late summer. It is a succulent with needle-like leaves that turn an orange-red color in fall. Dragon's Blood ground cover creates a dense mat 3 - 5 inches tall that spreads quickly.
Dragon's Blood will tolerate poor, dry soil. Low growing Sedum is used for containers, borders, edging and as a dense spreading ground cover plant. A perennial, these plants are great in rock gardens as they will grow in shallow, poor soil and perform well.
Dragon's Blood seeds can be sown indoors or directly outdoors ( but you will get best results by starting indoors and transplanting outside ). Indoor sowing can be done 6 - 8 weeks before last frost date. Use small pots or flats and sterile starter mix. Pre-moisten the starter mix and sow 5 - 7 Sedum ground cover seeds per container. The Sedum seeds are exceptionally small, so only press the seed into the moistened soil, and do not cover the seed. Keep the seeds moist but not saturated until they germinate. For outdoor sowing, wait until garden soil temperatures are 70 degrees or higher. Select a site with well-draining soil. If necessary amend soil organic matter. Loosen the top 1 - 2 inches of soil, remove any weeds, and gently broadcast the Dragon's Blood seeds over the soil. Lightly press the seeds into the soil, and keep the seed continuously moist until germination. Perennial growing 6" tall, hardy to zone 3.
8SER23 Stonecrop Many
Species Mix Sedum var. mix
A marvelous groundcover, red and yellow shades, mix of hardy
creepers. Perennial growing 6 inches tall, hardy to zone 3.
8SER24 Stonecrop Sedum
Matforming groundcover, red stem, mid green leaf, star shaped
purple flowers in late summer. Perennial growing 7" tall, hardy
to zone 4.
Long sprays of pink flowering stalks, green foliage, withstands
shade and moist soil, perennial grows about 8" tall, hardy to
8SER62 Blue Spruce Sedum Sedum reflexum
Vivid blue needle-leaf, spreads slowly to form excellent evergreen ground cover, yellow blooms in summer, perennial grows about 8" tall, hardy to zone
8SER63 Czars Gold Sedum
Gold flowers, evergreen red stemmed carpet, excellent groundcover, perennial grows about 9" tall, hardy to zone
8SER64 Sedum glaucophyllum
Blue green foliage, white umbels, flowers early, shade tolerant, perennial grows about 5" tall, hardy to zone
8SER65 Sedum hispanicum
Gray-green leaf, white flowers, fast growing, perennial grows about 5" tall, hardy to zone
8SER66 Sedum Purple Carpet Sedum spurium
Mid purple flowers, dark foliage, spreads slowly to form thick ground cover, perennial grows about 6" tall, hardy to zone
8SER67 Sedum reflexum
Evergreen creeper, golden yellow, feathery flower clusters, narrow blue-green leaf, perennial grows about 8" tall, hardy to zone
8SER68 Goldilocks Sedum selskianum
Low growing groundcover, deep green succulent leaf, golden yellow flower clusters, for rock garden, perennial grows about 4" tall, hardy to zone
8SER69 Selsie Sedum selskianum
Low growing groundcover, deep green succulent leaf, golden yellow flower clusters, for rock garden, perennial grows about 4" tall, hardy to zone
8SER70 Sedum sexangulare
Dense sweetly aromatic foliage, lemon flowers, perennial grows about 5" tall, hardy to zone
8SER71 Summer Glory Sedum spurium
Deep carmine pink, glossy green leaf, vigorous, spreading groundcover
, perennial grows about 6" tall, hardy to zone 5.
Clump forming ground cover with heart shaped leaves, 6" white
racemes, for moist shade. Perennial growing 8" tall, hardy to
Imagination Verbena speciosa
AAS, Fleuroselect Winner, mats of violet blue blooms, heat and
drought tolerant, tough ground cover or basket. Annual plant
growing 12" tall.
Profusion Violet Verbena tenuisecat
Creeping groundcover, purple flowers, long blooming. This is a
perennial Verbena, growing 8" tall and hardy to zone 6.
8SER43 Blue Carpet ( Veronica )
Also know as Speedwell. Bright blue spires, dwarf groundcover, flowers first year, a "Walk on" plant. Perennial, hardy to zone 4, grows 6 inches tall.
8SER44 Nestor ( Veronica prostrata )
Trailing Speedwell, compact, light blue for rockeries, walls, or borders, "walk on". Perennial, hardy to zone 4, grows 6 inches tall.
8SER49 Veronica prostrata ( repens )
Vigorous creeper, smothered with light blue flowers in spring, great groundcover, "walk on" plant. Perennial, hardy to zone 2, grows 6 inches tall.
8SER29 Viola The Czar
Fragrant purple flowers, vigorous ground cover in moist soils.
This is a perennial Viola growing 6" tall and hardy to zone
8SER42 Viola labradorica purpurea
Highly decorative dark foliage, a "Walk on" plant. Perennial, hardy to zone 3, grows 6 inches tall.
8SER59 Purpurea Acaena inermis Purpurea
Purple foliage plant, compact habit, "walk on" plant. Perennial, hardy to zone 6, grows 4
TRM640 New Zealand BurrsAcaena Microphylla
A very good groundcover for zones 5-8. Easy-to-grow alpine plants with brilliant red blooms. This species forms a bronzy mat of lacy foliage, bearing interesting greenish flowers that mature into bright red burrs during the summer months. This is a good choice for between flagstones, as an edging or lawn substitute.
Many people like to use these in rock gardens, but they will spread so be sure to keep an eye on this spreading ground cover plant. Will be evergreen in mild winter regions. If leaves get damaged during a hard winter, you may want to clip it back as it will grow right back with fresh foliage. Easily divide in early fall or spring.
Requires moist, well-drained soil and a sunny or partially shaded site to get the most out of this ground cover plant.
1,000 seeds cover 200 square feet area.
8SER60 Yellow Mat Alyssum serpyllifolium
Light yellow matformer, "walk on. Perennial, hardy to zone 7, grows 6
8SER36 Sweet Woodruff Galium Odoratum
Zone 6-8. Sweet woodruff is a mat-forming perennial that is
most often grown as a ground cover in shady areas. Plants
typically grow 8-12" tall and feature fragrant, lance-shaped,
dark green leaves in whorls of 6-8 along square stems. Small,
fragrant, 4-petaled, white flowers appear in loose cymes in
spring. Plants emit a strong odor of freshly mown hay when
foliage is crushed or cut. Aromatic intensity of the foliage
increases when dried, thus dried leaves are popularly used in
sachets or potpourris. Plants have also been used commercially
in perfumes. Leaves are sometimes used to flavor teas and cold
fruit drinks. Leaves are also used to make May wine, a punch
made from white wine flavored with woodruff, orange and
pineapple. Woodruff comes from Old English meaning wood that
unravels, in probable reference to the creeping rootstock of
the plant. Formerly known as Asperula odorata. Cannot ship
to CN, MA, NY, PA, VT
8SER45 Melton Bluebird ( Wahlenbergia undulata )
Delightful dwarf spreader, numerous flower bells that open white and turn dark blue all summer, mid green leaf, nice "walk on" plant. Annual, grows 8 inches tall, blooms 12 weeks from seed.
8SER37 Oregano Origanum
Best suited for zones 4-8. A rhizomatous, sprawling plant which
typically grows to 18" tall with a similar spread. Origanum
vulgare is a very dense growing plant for sunny positions, it
makes a good ground cover though it is slow to spread. An
excellent flavouring for cooked foods and salads, it is also a
very good companion plant and is said to repel insect
TPF039 Creeping Thyme
For Zones 5-8. This thyme is a creeping, woody based perennial
which is primarily used as a ground cover. Numerous, thin,
somewhat woody stems form a flat mat (2-3" tall) with tiny,
rounded, glossy blue-green leaves (to 1/4"). Although leaves
are aromatic, strength of scent varies according to season and
habitat and leaves are usually not considered to be of culinary
quality. Clusters of tiny, tubular, deep pink flowers appear in
summer. Flowers are attractive to bees. Best as a small area
ground cover or filler between stepping stones. Will sprawl
over small rocks or over ledges in the rock garden
8SER46 Aromatic Thyme Thymus serpyllum
(Fragrant Mother-of-Thyme) A versatile perennial that can be used in many ways
including in herb gardens, rock gardens, borders and paths. Tea helps cold and coughs. Also used in cooking. Low creeper, well suited as ground cover. Perfumes the air when trodden upon. Helps to clear mucous congestion. Used in cooking. Aromatic low growing bush or creeping herbs, ideal for rockeries, borders, or along pathways. Pretty pink or purple blossoms are a favorite of honeybees. Culinary and medicinal value. Grow indoors or out in full sun.
8SER72 Carpet Lilac Thyme Thymus serpyllum
A very compact annual thyme growing only about 3 inches tall that features beautiful lavender pink flowers and releases a delightful aroma when stepped on.
8SER50 Magic Carpet Thyme Thymus serpyllum
Carmine pink, green leaf, very aromatic, low growing tufts reaching about 2" tall. Grow as an annual.
8SER51 Orange Thyme Thymus fragrantissimus
Citrus flavor, perfect with fish or vegetables, hardy "walk on" plant growing about 6" tall. Grow as an annual.
8SER52 Aromatic Lemon Thyme Thymus pulegioides
The most fragrant type, thick mats of perfumed rose purple flowers. Lemony flavor used in cooking and cough remedies. Grows about 4" tall. Hardy to zone 6.
8SER47 Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
A hardy perennial with aromatic, threadlike leaves that fill the air with a pleasing apple-pineapple scent. Walk on it for instant fragrance. White, daisylike blooms appear in summer. Spreads unevenly as a groundcover by self-sowing. Young leaves and flowers can be gathered to make a calming tea, both fresh and dried. The leaves can be used in potpourri.
Thrives in moist, rich soil and grows to 12 inches tall. Cut back regularly to encourage dense, compact growth.
8SER35 Gold Dust Aurinia
A perennial groundcover suited for zones 3-8 growing only about
12 inches tall.. Bears grey leaves and golden yellow flowers in
early spring. Does well in rock gardens and rockwalls in well
drained soil. Forms as spreading, rounded mass which looks at
home cascading over a rock wall. Plant seeds from March to
8SER34 Pennyroyal Mentha
Makes a beautiful ground cover . This 12 in. creeping mint is a
nice addition to the herb garden. The midsummer bluish-red
blooms are a welcome garnish to chicken and fish dishes. It
provides a pleasant aroma of lemon and orange, and insect
repelling qualities of citronella. They prefer a little shade
and even moisture. This herb is not grown for culinary use.
When the plant is in flower it is medicinally used for colds
and nausea. Tender perennial to zones 6-9.
JF421 Showy Calaminth ( Calamintha grandiflora )
Calamints are close cousins to the garden mint and are native to Europe and the Middle East. Pleasantly fragrant. Rose-pink flowers are studded on short spikes among the leaves in midsummer. This will slowly spread to form a small patch. Attractive to butterflies. Useful towards the front of the border, in a woodland setting among Hosta or ferns. Also attractive in mixed containers.
A perennial plant that has many uses. Plants can be used for ground cover, planted about 16" apart each way they form spreading clumps.
It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. Flowers attract and are pollinated by butterflies and bees. Plants are noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
A sweet and aromatic herb tea is made from the leaves. Very refreshing. The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use as a flavoring. The tea has a pleasant mint-like fragrance and flavor.
Medicinal Folklore: The leaves are aromatic, diaphoretic and expectorant. An infusion is used in the treatment of jaundice, nervous complaints, convulsions and cramps. A warm poultice of the leaves may help soothe bruises and rheumatic pains.
Grows 32 inches tall, hardy to zone 5.
H039 Bearberry Arctostaphylos urva ursi
A perennial shrub for zones 2-6. An excellent, slow-growing, evergreen ground cover which provides year round interest. Can provide good erosion protection for slopes and hillsides. Good with azaleas. Green leaves and red berries are often used for Christmas decorations.
A winter hardy, prostrate, slow-growing, evergreen shrub or ground cover that will typically grow to 6-12" high and 3-6' wide. Over time, and in the proper environment, bearberry can spread (by stem rooting) to cover a very large area of up to 15' in diameter. Features reddish-gray, peeling bark and small, lustrous, dark green leaves (turning reddish brown in winter). Nodding racemes of white, heather-like flowers with a pink tinge appear in April-May. Flowers give rise to bright red fruits which last from August through the winter. The fruits are readily eaten by birds, but are not recommended for human consumption.
Species name of uva-ursi means bear's grape in reference to the fact that bears (as well as birds and rodents) feed on the fruits of this species in the wild.
TPF028 Candytuft Iberis
A very showy ground cover. A vigorous perennial ( grown as
annual in cold areas ) growing 12-18" tall with mounds of
white, pink or lilac flowers. Excellent border plant. Dense,
lacy blooms of especially radiant white Tidy mound-former, 12"
tall and up to 15" wide Spring bloomer, excellent with
any-color spring bulbs Makes a terrific cover for a rock
garden, a slope or a bank Avoided by deer; easy to grow.
AGR105 Azure Blue Sheep
Fescue Festuca glauca var. Azure
A beautiful, clumping evergreen, cool season plant with
fine-textured foliage growing 10-12" tall. Foliage is a
beautiful blue-green color and widely used as an accent plant
and edging. Also a good container plant and grow well in most
soils and conditions. For zones 4-9.
Very easy to grow, never bothered by pests, deer. Attractive
buff flowers in early summer. Spectacular companion for
8SER40 Red Clover ( Trifolium pratense )
Red clover is a perennial plant that grows pale mauve blooms on long, thin stems in late spring through midsummer. Red clover has a small-bush growing habit and reaches up to 2 feet in height and spread at maturity. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a through 8b, red clover thrives in full sun to partial daily shade in soil with a neutral pH, and can be planted in three seasons.
Whether sowing red clover seeds, planting young plants or digging and dividing mature plants, the goal is to plant when there will be the least amount of stress possible on the plant and/or roots during its establishment period. Sow red clover seeds onto tilled and moistened soil early in spring after the last frost has passed. Cover over the seeds with 1 to 2 inches of moist soil. Keep soil evenly moist but not wet, and you should see sprouts within 3 to 5 weeks. Red clover is an attractant to bees and butterflies, so planting early may beckon more of these visitors to the garden throughout the season.
1 pound will cover 1/10th of an acre.
8SER61 Yellow Flowered Sweet Clover ( (Melilotus Officinalis )
Sweet clovers are widely used as erosion controls, ground cover, forage, and honey production. Clover is a legume and has nitrogen fixing capabilities, thereby improving soils for other crops. The plant is a biennial and was introduced to the United States in the 1700s.
Biennial sweet clover thrives under a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. However, it will not tolerate acid soils. It is drought resistant, winter-hardy and productive throughout all 50 states.
1 pound will cover 1/10th of an acre.
8SER73 White Dutch Clover ( Trifolium Repens )
A low growing perennial which can be sown into long season row crops during the season to provide a living mulch. Widely used for erosion control, ground cover, forage, and honey production.
Many homeowners include White Dutch clover in their lawn seed mixture because clover sprouts fast and grows so dependably that it's a valuable aid in getting a new lawn started. White dutch clover is the most popular clover seed for lawn alteratives, due to the fact it is cheaper than miniclover.
1 pound will cover 3,000 sqare feet.
AGR116 Reed Canary Grass ( Phalaris arundinacea )
A very attractive ornamental grass growing to about 30 inches
with very appealing cone shaped heads. A good pot plant, it
will grow in wet places and is used as a border plant.
Excellent for arrangements. For zones 4-9.
The following seeds can be sown directly
into soil and do not need to be "plugged".
Wild Flower Mixes
WF114 Sunburst Ground
Annual varieties in this mix have a spreading or mounding
growth form which creates an even, 12-inch tall carpet of
brilliant flowers in sunny hues.
Contains a mixture of:
*Candytuft, Rocket *Poppy, California Mixed Colors *Calendula
*Marigold, French *Marigold, African *Alyssum, Sweet
“Royal Carpet” *Petunia, Wild *Zinnia, Creeping
Alternative Lawn Mixes
DMC007 Alternative Lawn Mix
This mixture was developed for use as a flowering lawn or low-growing ground cover. It is an attractive mixture of fine fescues, flowers and clovers and provides a colorful and diverse alternative to grass lawns.
Mix contains Baby Blue Eyes, Creeping Clover, Creeping Daisy, Dwarf California Poppy, English Daisy, Five-Spot, Johnny Jump-Up, Roman Chamomile, Sheep Fescue, Strawberry Clover, Sweet Alyssum, Wild Thyme and Yellow Daisy.
Wild Game Groundcovers
DCM001 Deer and Game Bird Mix
If you have a problem area and like to watch wild game, this is the mix for you. Mixture contains 30% Pinnace Ladino Clover, 25% California Ladino Clover 25% Resolute White Clover, 5% VNS Alfalfa, 15% Annual Ryegrass. It will attract quail, doves, turkey, deer and rabbits, and also makes a nice ground cover as well! One pound bag will cover 3,000 square feet.
DCM002 Peredovik Sunflower
Frequently used in bird seed mixes and called 'black oil' sunflower seed. A fast growing sunflower producing lots of small seeds in a short period of time.
This sunflower is excellent for dove, quail and deer. It reaches a mature height of 4' to 5' after only 12 weeks. This Russian cultivator has the additional benefit of producing small, black seeds that yield more oil than most other sunflowers. Excellent bird food crop. One pound bag will cover 1,800 square feet.
DCM003 Wild Game Sorghum
Wild game food sorghum is an early maturing sorghum reaching mid-bloom at about 40-50 days after emergence. It is bird-resistant which keeps migrating flocks of blackbirds from stripping it in late summer. A mature plant will be 26-30" tall with seed becoming marginally palatable at maturity. As it stands in the weather, it loses tannic acid and becomes more and more palatable through the fall. This sorghum makes excellent seed for all game birds, including quail, turkey, pheasants, doves and ducks. Deer will also feed heavily on the grain in fall and winter.
One pound bag will cover 3,000 square feet.
DCM004 Buck Forage Oats
A late season ground cover that will also attract deer. Buck Forage Oats are for the whitetail deer manager or hunters concerned with not only providing an unbeatable attractant, but also providing excellent forage. Research done by professional biologists show deer need food plots all year long.
Multiple plantings of both warm and cold season food plots are necessary to accomplish this.
When it comes to providing quality fall forage deer need and are attracted to, nothing beats oats.
One pound bag will cover 3,000 square feet.
DCM005 Japanese Millet
Also known as Wild “Jap” or Duck Millet. Grows fast and produces an abundance of seed.
Matures 60 - 90 days. Ducks, dove, and quail love the seed. Deer will graze forage.
Broadcast around ponds, mud flats, or where may be flooded.
One pound bag will cover 1,600 square feet.
Buckwheat has an abundance of seed that is produced in 70-80 days and holds onto the stalk well after ripening. It does well in any type of soil, poor, fertile, peat, sand, clay or loam. Plant Buckwheat for quail, doves, turkey, ducks, and deer.
One pound bag will cover 1,200 square feet.
DCM010 Sugar Beets
Sugar Beets have recently become a popular new addition to food plots for deer. Sugar beets are a good "addition" to your food plot not a single source food plot. Remember deer are browsers and naturally enjoy variety in the wild and a food plot should provide variety. In the fall food plot add sugar beets to your greens mixture and in the summer food plot add sugar beets to the spring summer planting. Sugar beets have been commercially grown for sugar production for many, many years but only recently been used as an addition to food plots.
Sugarbeets grow well mixed in with many other food plot selections. Sugarbeets provide a lot of energy to deer in the fall (sugarbeets "the root" are 25 to 30 percent fructose or sugar). The energy is converted to fat stores in the body of the deer.
Planting: Sugarbeets may be planted anytime as long as the nighttime soil temperature is 60 degrees or above.
One pound bag will cover 4,000 square feet.