Liriope, also known as Monkey Grass is generally used as an edging plant for gardens and walkways. However, this grass-like perennial can also be planted in clumps as a groundcover. Liriope is a hardy plant, growing in full sun to partial shade; it requires little care and can tolerates humidity, heat and drought. Once you have Liriope established in your flower bed, you don’t have to keep buying new plants.
Dalmation Bellflower produces beautiful mounds of purple bell-shaped flowers from late spring through summer. Low-growing plant is perfect for adding color in front of other perennials. Grows only 6-9" tall. Spreads 12". Prefers full sun to partial shade. Deer resistant.
Liriope grows to 90 cm tall, growing like a giant Mondo Grass with deep green strapped foliage. they form a clean, even tidy border without being formal. Bongo Borders Liriope grow in sun or shade in almost any soil. They look great as a border or underplanting with birds of paradise, canna lily, palms, cycads and glossy leaved topiary such as lilly pilly or ficus. (new purchase 22/5/2015)
Look for shade-tolerant varieties that don't need regular cutting to look tidy, since a string trimmer can damage tree trunks. Unlike turf, the ring of hardy geraniums shown here happily grows in partial shade and requires little tending. When planting under conifers, keep in mind that their branches shed water. Plants that like dry shade will grow best.
Irish Moss--2-4" tall, that spread quickly, take foot traffic and seldom need clipping. Best of all, it stays green all year long, accented with delicate white flowers blooming from mid spring to early summer. Space 10-12" apart. Zones 3-9. Ships in 2" pots. Sagina subulata. Partial to Full Shade - See more at: http://www.springhillnursery.com/product/irish_moss#sthash.eRozVHCI.dpuf
Cranesbill Provides a Weedproof Ground Cover - Lovely low growing perennial that has a big bloom in the spring and smaller blooms during the summer. Very tolerant of dry conditions. Easy to divide and start in a different place. Have kept mine going for 20 years. Also known as Hardy Geranium. I love this!
Forming tight mounds of dark green foliage, mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus, makes a lovely evergreen groundcover for rock gardens, slopes, or along a walkway. Mondo grass prefers partial shade where it receives a few hours of sunshine a day. The plants grow 12 to 15 inches tall and wide and sport spikes of lilac flowers in mid-summer. Zones 6-11/
Alchemilla mollis ‘Select’ "Lady's Mantle": for the shade garden , this is one tough-as-nails, clay-tolerant cookie, Lovely dense mounds of velvety apple green scalloped leaves that make just about the easiest, most reliable edger for shade. Water droplets bead up. About 1' tall in bloom and 1.5' across, I grow it in front of the shade-providing taller sun shrubs as well. If it ever looks tired, just shear it back hard and you'll have fresh new growth lickety split! Deer resistant.