Definition of ground cover in English:

ground cover

noun

mass noun
  • Low-growing, spreading plants that help to stop weeds growing.

    ‘ramblers can be grown as ground cover’
    as modifier ‘ground-cover plants’
    count noun ‘I love to use all the ground covers like creeping mint and thyme’
    • ‘Low growing ground-cover plants can form loose rounded clumps that look like waves, while, in contrast loose billowing grasses can arch skyward, dancing in the breeze to create movement in an otherwise static spot.’
    • ‘The same six ground-cover species are the most abundant species at both sites; however, rank abundance differs.’
    • ‘However, this is still a time-consuming form of planting compared with, say, ground cover or evergreen shrub planting.’
    • ‘Which spreading plants will provide evergreen ground cover underneath the trees?’
    • ‘These plots were very sparse in the ground-cover stratum.’
    • ‘I am now planting the hardiest ground cover I can find.’
    • ‘Use mulches and ground covers, and deep-rooted plants to stabilize slopes.’
    • ‘Within the 30-foot zone, use fire-resistant landscaping such as lawns, moist ground-cover plantings and low shrubbery.’
    • ‘I'm looking for a ground-cover plant that flowers in the spring, preferably with a blue flower.’
    • ‘Shaped boxes, standard bays, grasses, herbaceous perennials and ground-cover shrubs can be used in traditional or contemporary settings.’
    • ‘Here's a bigger take on the old burgundy-green ground-cover staple.’
    • ‘Any good book on planting design will list trees, shrubs, ground cover plants, climbers and herbaceous perennials suitable for a wide range of conditions and situations.’
    • ‘The ground cover thrives, but ground cover is the catfish of the plant world, a bottom feeder that always makes it through hard times.’
    • ‘These requirements seem rather exacting but it is an excellent ground-cover plant, which can be grown with other shade lovers such as Lamium.’
    • ‘An established clump of hellebores will cover a patch of ground quite effectively, but the plants spread so slowly and are so expensive that they can't be rightly classed among classic ground-cover plants.’
    • ‘Changes over time in tree, shrub, and ground-cover vegetation at the treatment and control sites are compared with profile analysis.’
    • ‘However, the multiflora cushion mums were a revelation, as were the brand new and as yet unnamed ground-cover varieties.’
    • ‘After a while, heather monoculture is broken by an intake field and our path leads to a shallow valley that is a mosaic of ground-cover greens and is curlew country.’
    • ‘Most are low-maintenance ground-cover plants rooted in four-inch-deep soil.’
    • ‘In that case, plant new bulbs in another location, preferably among ground cover plants.’
    shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungle
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Pronunciation

ground cover