In a recent post I described a collection of fifteen plants suitable for use as ground cover so this list includes similar low growing plants except that they are all natives. There are several reasons why native plants are a better alternative. Native plants are both more resistant to diseases and provide better support for wildlife. In addition they are more attractive than English ivy and Periwinkle the two plants commonly used as ground cover. The twelve native ground cover plants are described by Curtis Adams in his article which I found on the Houzz website.

You often see the same ground covers in use in many residential and commercial landscapes across the country. For partly to mostly shady sites, English ivy (Hedera helix), Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) and periwinkle (Vinca minor) are very popular plants. They cover the ground densely, keeping any other plants from gaining a foothold. This is their function ? to provide an uninterrupted sea of green that performs reliably and requires little maintenance. And that is about all you get from these introduced species.
There are a number of drawbacks to these green ?carpets.? The first is low biodiversity. These single-species blankets provide no variety needed for a well-functioning ecosystem. Because they are usually cloned species, there is no genetic diversity either. This makes them less resilient when attacked by a pathogen or environmental change. As introduced species, these ground covers are not as supportive of the local wildlife as are regionally native species. While they do provide cover for many animals, they are not as good at providing food for insects and birds.
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