8 Fast-Growing Groundcovers that Keep Weeds in Check

Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera)

From April to May, this spring bloomer produces a sea of pink or white blooms so dense you can scarcely see the foliage. 

Snow on the mountain (Euphorbia marginata)

Shade-tolerant weeds thrive in unplanted, shaded garden parts, where many plants don't grow. 

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)

Many groundcovers thrive in arid regions and are ideal for sandy gardens and sloping slopes that drain well yet erode.

Creeping periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Vinca, or creeping periwinkle, is a popular groundcover since it's easy to maintain. 

Sedum (Sedum spp)

Ornamental gardens often include sedums for good reason. Succulents with low watering demands may recover quickly from drought.

Ice plant (Delospermaspp., Lampranthusspp)

There are several plants called ice plant, so look for the scientific name on plant labels while searching for this groundcover.

Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)

Wintercreeper, an Asian groundcover, is another great alternative for weed control. 

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Bunchberry plants can survive in USDA growth zones 2 and shade and sun as well as extreme cold.