10 Fast-Growing Ground Cover Plants That Give Your Yard Quick, Beautiful Results

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is a perennial ground cover with aromatic leaves and small blooms in pink, purple, or white. Ideal for pathways, it releases fragrance with each step.

Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummula) is a low-growing perennial with bright green, heart-shaped leaves and small yellow flowers in summer. It spreads quickly, forming a dense mat.

Irish Moss

Irish moss (Sagina subulata) is an evergreen perennial with moss-like foliage and tiny, star-shaped white flowers in spring. It forms a lush carpet and can handle light foot traffic.


Bugleweed (Ajuga) is a perennial ground cover with glossy leaves and tubular flowers in blue, purple, pink, or white. It spreads quickly and requires regular watering during dry periods.

Creeping Raspberry

Creeping raspberry (Rubus calycinoides) features glossy green leaves and small white to pink flowers that turn raspberry red in autumn. It forms a dense mat with its trailing stems.

Blue Daze

Blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus) is a fast-growing ground cover with beautiful blue flowers over a mat of green leaves. It is often grown as an annual in zones 9 to 11.

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) is a fast-growing ground cover with varieties in different colors and leaf shapes. It requires full sun to partial sun and moist, well-draining soil.


Wedelia (Sphagneticola trilobata) features small yellow flowers and spreads aggressively, making it suitable for confined urban areas. It may be classified as invasive in some states.

Asiatic Jasmine

Asiatic jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) is an evergreen ground cover that creates a dense mat, often planted under large trees. It's low maintenance and effective in preventing weeds.

Creeping Phlox

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a native perennial with a dense, mat-like habit and dainty purple flowers that bloom from spring to the first frost. It offers multiple seasons of interest.