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Groundcovering Shrubs, a List for Connecticut Gardeners

Published Sep 29, 2016 • Last Updated 02:26 pm, September 27, 2016

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Here is a list of groundcovering shrubs. Note the botanical names when shopping. The word in single quotes is the cultivar name and denotes special characteristics.


Full sun:

Bar Harbor juniper, Juniperus horizontalis ‘Bar Harbor’ (native)

Creeping blue spruce, Picea pungens ‘Glauca Procumbens’

Creeping larch, Larix decidua ‘Prostrata’;

Japgarden juniper, Juniperus procumbens

Sargent juniper, Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’

Scotch pine, Pinus sylvestris ‘Hillside Creeper’


Sun to Part shade:

Eastern sand cherry, Prunus pumila var. depressa ‘Gus Melquist’


Japanese spreading plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia



Deep shade:

Japanese spreading plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia




Dwarf fothergilla, Forthergilla gardenii ‘Harold Epstein’

Fragrant sumac, Rhus aromatica ‘Gro low” (native)

Japanese spirea, Spiraeae japonica ‘Alpina’



Forsythia ‘gold tide,’ Forsythia ‘Courtasol’ Gold Tide

Vigarosa rose, ‘Starry Night’ or ‘Sea Foam’

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