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A Nursery Help Series from Performance GARDENS

Here at Performance Gardens, we're dedicated to helping you create the best home garden or landscape that you can imagine. That's why our experienced and very knowledgeable staff members are always on hand to promptly answer any garden-related questions you might have. In this series, we'll provide answers to the most common questions that come up at our nursery.

Current Help Topic Entry:

Nursery Help Topic #3: Ground Cover (part 1) 

Ground covers come in various sizes, typically as flats containing roughly 40 plants per flat. 4 inch pots and 1 gallon pots are also available.

Festuca glauca (Common Blue Fescue)

This grass grows up to 1 ft. high and 10 in. wide, with dense, thin blue-gray to silvery white leaves. Festuca is a hardy variety, capable of withstanding dry conditions and severe frosts. The ideal location for Festuca is an area that receives plenty of sun (although some shade is okay), and regular amounts of water with good drainage.  


Drought tolerant, hardy ground cover that spreads slowly and grows up to 2-3 in. high. Narrow, grayish green and white leaves form a dense mat with small yellow daisies flowering within. Typically placed around pathways and stepping stones, and used with accent plants in flower beds.

Fragaria (ornamental strawberry)

Decorative variety of strawberry that forms a mat 4-8 in. high, with dark green leaves and small, white flowers in spring. Occasionally produces small quantities of in. bright red, seedy berries. Grow in well drained soil and mow or cut in early spring to control growth.

Rosemary Prostratus

This variety of Rosemary grows up to 2 ft. tall with a 4-8 ft. spread. If planted in a raised bed it will trail down the side creating a curtain of foliage. Rosemary Prostratus produces lavender-blue flowers throughout fall and spring.  

Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer)

Snow in Summer forms dense mats of silvery gray foliage and will grow up to 6-8 in. in height. Although the lifespan of this variety is relatively shorter than others, it has a creeping spreading habit that allows it to be spaced apart when planting. Produces many small white flowers in early summer, and can grow rapidly depending on the region.

Thyme (elfin thyme, wooly thyme, creeping thyme)

All Thyme varieties have aromatic, tiny leaves and masses of small flowers that are attractive to bees. Elfin Thyme is the smallest size, growing only 2 in. high and about 5 in. wide. Wooly Thyme is slightly larger, growing 2-3 in. and 3 ft. wide as a dense mat of leafy stems. Creeping Thyme produces thick, dark green foliage and pink flowers, and will grow to around 2 inches or more. Thyme is typically used as filler between stepping stones and around pathways.   

Previous Help Topic Entries:

Nursery Help Topic #2: Trees 

Nursery Help Topic #1: Hedges For Privacy 

Additional Topics:

Mulches - How to Save Water 

Phormiums / New Zealand Flaxes 

Nursery Secrets (How to Save Money): Transplanting 

Nursery Secrets (How to Save Money): Dividing Plants 

Drought Hardy Plants - Easy Maintenance 

Are you interested in saving water without sacrificing your beautiful garden? Then consider incorporating some drought hardy plants into your yard! These resilient and attractive varieties require much less water and maintenance than typical garden plants, and there are many different kinds to choose from when creating the perfect look for your home environment. In this set of videos, Alex talks about colorful bougainvillea, edible rosemary, fragrant sage, and many more!

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