For a ground cover that is dense and quickly spreading, look towards Ajuga, Chocolate Chip, Pack of 4 Plants. The “chocolate” in its name comes from the deep, chocolate brown color that makes up much of the plant, with undertones of shiny, dark green leaves. In the springtime, blue-purple flowers spike up from the mats of foliage.
This plant is particularly tight-growing, which helps choke out weeds, making this a low-maintenance choice that also happens to be deer resistant! Ajuga grows to about 3-inches high and will grow six-inch spikes of flowers. This plant is ideal as a ground cover beneath trees, between stepping stones, on slopes, or as a replacement for turf in small, flat areas. It also strikes a smart look in containers, where the flowers can spill over the sides and the foliage fills the container to the brim’s edges.