School of Health and Life Sciences

Ground-covers

The combination of small size and striking foliage, flowers and fruit make our indigenous ground-covers absolutely perfect for an urban garden. They make great space-fillers between and under older and taller plants so go crazy and add lots of them to your garden beds. Ground-covers are an important component of a biodiverse garden providing food, shelter and nesting sites for a huge variety of insects, birds, small mammals and our many indigenous frogs.

Every garden has room for some pretty indigenous ground-covers!

Image Common NameGenusSpeciesFeatures

Chocolate Lily

Arthropodium

strictum

 

Bulbine Lily

Bulbine

bulbosa

 

Leek lily

Bulbine

semibarbata

 

Milky Beauty-heads

Calocephalus

lacteus

 

Common Everlasting

Chrysocephalum

apiculatum

Clustered Everlasting

Chrysocephalum

semipapposum

Black-Anther Flax-lily

Dianella

revoluta

Nobby Club Rush

Ficinia

nodosa

Button Everlasting

Coronidium

scorpioides

Common Lagenophora

Lagenophora

stipitata

Spiny-headed Mat-rush

Lomandra

longifolia

Austral Stork's-bill

Pelargonium

australe

Common Tussock Grass

Poa

labillardieri

Slender Speedwell

Veronica

gracilis

Ivy-leaved Violet

Viola

hederacea

Sticky Everlasting

Xerochrysum

viscosum

= Foliage, = Flowers, = Hedge, = Pot, = Birds, = Butterflies