Gift Guide
Covering Ground

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.99 price
(Save 44%)$19.95 List Price


REIMAGINE the Possibilities for Covering Your Ground

REPLACE GRASS on hard-to-mow slopes

CONNECT scattered flower beds, trees, and shrubs

CONTROL erosion along stream banks

CARPET the patches between stepping stones

STABILIZE boggy areas

EDGE walkways, curbs, and driveways

CREATE natural alternatives to traditional lawns

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR anywhere you need it!
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612122168
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 760,379
  • File size: 33 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Barbara W. Ellis is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong gardener. She is the author of many gardening books, including The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book, Deckscaping, Shady Retreats, and Covering Ground. She holds a B.S. in horticulture from the Ohio State University, Columbus, and a B.A. from Kenyon College. She has worked as managing editor at Rodale Press and as publications director for the American Horticultural Society and is affiliated with the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group, the Garden Writers Association, and the Perennial Plant Association. She lives and gardens in Maryland, where she and her husband live in a renovated “green” home with an assortment of rescued dogs, cats, and parrots. Her garden, which is managed organically and designed to be wildlife-friendly, features a wide range of ornamentals, herbs, and edibles for both sun and shade.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Getting Creative with Ground Covers

Part One: Rolling Out the Carpet
Why Ground Covers?
Making the Most of Ground Covers
Addressing Problem Spots
Knowing Your Site
Plant Selection
Creating Combinations
Going Wild
Aggressive & Invasive Ground Covers
Covering Ground with Hardscape

Part Two: Perfect Plants for Every Site
Active Spreaders for Sun & Shade
Sun Lovers for a Patterned Garden
Ground Huggers for Paths & Stepping Stones
Small-Scale Spreaders
Perennials for Bold Cover in Sun
Ground Covers for a Sunny Slope
Vines for Covering Ground
Shrubby Ground Covers for Sun & Shade
Selections for Shade
Flowering Ground Covers for Shade
Native Plants for a Woodland Floor
Ground Covers for Wet Soil
Ground Covers for Acid Soil

Part Three: Planting, Growing & Propagating
Site Preparation Basics
Buying & Installing Ground Covers
Planting on Slopes
Planting over Time
Caring for New Plants
Renovating Ground Covers
Growing Your Own

USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Photography & Garden Design Credits
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008


    Well written with plant recommendations for every soil and climate. Planting ideas, soil preparation, propagation--this book has so much information on ground covers you will never need another source.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    Perhaps ground covers are best known for taking the place of turf grass. For they tend to go where turf, people, mowers, and hoses don't. As a result, they shouldn't take anywhere near the time and work that care-needy turf does each week. In addition, ground covers tend to work in many more ways. They act as edging, pathways, space-fillers, and weed-busters. They cut back on glare, even out temperature ranges, and hold in moisture. They loosen soil what with not being mowed, played on, or walked over. In fact, traffic isn't something ground covers do unless they're creeping thyme, dichondra, Roman chamomile, or yarrow. There's no such thing as a ground-cover-of-all-spaces. Some such as impatiens and lilyturf fit in. But others have dislikes and likes about drainage, light, moisture, reflected heat, salt, soil acidity/alkalinity, temperature, and wind. For example, one of the most challenging fits is ground covers that like alkaline, chalky, sweet soil. Author Barbara W Ellis comes up with two pages full of ideas. The book's first two sections therefore match planting spot with best plant type. The final section covers planting steps, from prepping soil to keeping plants good-looking and healthy. The author ends with a discussion of growing on your own by cutting, dividing, layering, potting plantlets, and sowing seed. COVERING GROUND is nicely organized, with persuasive photos under Cindy McFarland's art direction. It ends with a copy of the USDA hardiness zone map, an identification of Internet resources, and an index.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)