The distinctive characteristic of this evergreen Cotoneaster is its habit: it grows flatly against the ground to create a kind of sod. Its leaves are small, slightly lustrous, and bright green in colour. Small red fruits are borne in late summer. Due to its habit, this beautiful groundcover requires no maintenance. The plants grow well in any type of garden soil but prefer a sandy soil containing humus. They should be planted in a sunny or partially shaded location.
Hedera helix is the perfect groundcover. The plant has deep green leaves with a conspicuous yellow veining pattern. A single plant frequently produces leaves in two different shapes: extremely pointed and/or rounded in shape. Its flowers are pale yellow umbels that are followed by black berries. There are several varieties, each of which can be used with great success. Hedera helix 'Normandy Carpet' is a cultivar with deep blue-green leaves that displays greater vigour than the species. It grows rapidly and branches out profusely. A fine groundcover for medium and large-sized surfaces. ‘Modern Times’ has very light green leaves with a lighter veining pattern. This is a good groundcover for medium-sized surfaces. Its vines are not heavily branched. The plant is extremely winter hardy and its leaves turn reddish brown during the winter. ‘Modern Times’ is a very good choice for combining with a solitary plant. ‘Hesma’ is small-leafed and quickly clings to the ground surface. ‘Hestor’ is an improved ‘Hibernica’ that is only moderately winter hardy.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis is a fairly unknown evergreen shrub. Its small white, sweetly scented flowers borne from January to March are visually conspicuous among its narrow deep green leaves. The flowers later develop into round black fruits. The plant reaches a height of about 40 cm and branches heavily in a horizontal direction.