This slow-spreading ground cover creates a lush patch of glossy, kidney-shaped foliage that adds texture and depth to a garden. As a bonus, the foliage is evergreen, so it adds four-season interest. It’s a perfect mat-forming ground cover to edge your garden.
European wild ginger looks best in part to full shade, where its glossy foliage reflects light. This ground cover likes moist areas, but will tolerate drought once it’s established. It’s very low-maintenance, and doesn’t require much work — simply pick off any foliage that looks brown or ratty.
Blooms Small chocolate-brown flowers form under the foliage in spring
Light Part to full shade
Size 4 to 8 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide
Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 8
Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1