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Ground Cover Grassy

Strappy leaved and grassy groundcovers for mass planting and carpet planting, lawn substitutes and erosion control.

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  1. Poa labillardierei - tussock grass

    Poa labillardierei - tussock grass

    Elegant versatile native grass especially useful for erosion control. Happy in any soil, especially wetter areas. Feathery flowerheads in summer add to the appeal. Often recommended in local council planting lists.

    plant image: Leonora Enking via Flickr; roo image: Harry Rose via Flickr; coast mage: Dr Mary Gillham via Flickr; seedhead image: NSW grassy ecosystems via Flickr

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  2. Phormium Surfer Boy

    Phormium Surfer Boy

    Gnarly! This compact flax has a loose curvy twist to the bronze-green leaves. Ideal for container planting as well as accents in the border and mass landscaping.

    image to show colour and size: Forest and Kim Starr via Flickr cropped to size.

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  3. Pennisetum alopecuroides - swamp fountain grass

    Pennisetum alopecuroides - swamp fountain grass

    Compact elegant native grass with creamy foxtail flowerspikes. Suited to moist soils as the name suggests. Plant this grass where you can enjoy the sound of the leaves rustling in the breeze.

    Image by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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  4. Ophiopogon japonicus - mondo grass

    Ophiopogon japonicus - mondo grass

    Evergreen low groundcover ideal for borders, rockeries, in tubs and pots or between stepping stones. This perennial plant forms neat clumps of shiny, dark green leaves and requires very little maintenance to keep looking good. Lush growth in shade. Learn More
  5. Ophiopogon - dwarf mondo

    Ophiopogon - dwarf mondo

    Very low growing ornamental grass with glossy dark foliage. Excellent groundcover in full sun or part shade. Suited to rockeries and along the edges of paths as it is very hardy. Suitable for pots; under trees, windowboxes. Learn More

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  6. Lomandra TROPIC CASCADE™

    Lomandra TROPIC CASCADE™

    Weeping lomandra to 70cm around. Suitable for humid and tropical gardens, moist soils, erosion control and other tricky sites. Bright green foliage, large yellow flowers that will not self-seed. Learn More
  7. Lomandra longifolia

    Lomandra longifolia

    Tough as - Easy to see why it's one of your favourites! Better in dry soils and dry climates than hystrix, and more upright. Will grow in almost any climate, soil, location or situation. Use for erosion control, weed suppressing, mass planting, ground cover, feature planting, in pots. Grows to about 1.2m around. Almost zero maintenance, but some fertiliser will help it look its best. Learn More
  8. Lomandra little con

    Lomandra Little Con

    Petite form of this native grass, perfect for small gardens as a bordering plant or in a container, or even as a no-mow lawn in traffic-free areas. Cute compact tussocks of fine foliage. Excellent erosion control on slopes and banks. Lovely in Asian-style gardens. Learn More
  9. Lomandra hystrix - mat rush

    Lomandra hystrix - mat rush

    You love this plant and we can see why! Better in wet soils and humid locations than Lomandra longifolia. Will grow in almost any climate, soil, location or situation. Use for erosion control, weed suppressing, mass planting, ground cover, feature planting, in pots. Grows to about 1m around. Almost zero maintenance, but some fertiliser will help it look its best. Our most popular Lomandra. Learn More
  10. Lomandra 'Little Cricket'

    Lomandra 'Little Cricket'

    A compact knee-high version of our most popular lomandra 'Mat Rush', perfect for smaller gardens. Use in borders and rockeries.

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  11. Liriope Isabella™

    Liriope Isabella™

    Lawn alternative suited to both sun and deep shade locations.
    Perfect for areas which are fully shaded during winter. Cute pink flowers and dark green leaves. Learn More
  12. Juncus usitatus - common rush

    Juncus usitatus - common rush

    Native ornamental grass for margins of waterways and ponds. Stabilises banks and provides a natural habitat for native birds and frogs.

    Image: John Tann from Sydney, Australia (Juncus usitatus tussock) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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  13. Juncus 'Spiralis' - corkscrew rush

    Juncus 'Spiralis' - corkscrew rush

    Quirky little plant for indoors somewhere sunny or in a planter box with flowering annuals. Great for marshy or water-margin areas of the garden. Perfect potted plant for overwaterers! Learn More


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  14. Ficinia nodosa - club rush

    Ficinia nodosa - club rush

    Quick establishing Australian native tussock grass, ideal planted around water features, ponds, and dry creek beds. Excellent filtration bed plant that also grows well in free-draining sandy soils.
    Here's an interesting feature on how Melbourne uses Ficinia to clean drainwater to irrigate its parks.

    Image source: John Tann Flicker CC.

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  15. Festuca glauca - blue fescue

    Festuca glauca - blue fescue

    Outstanding small ornamental grass featuring steel-blue foliage all year round. Fine slender leaves, neat shape. Will develop to a compact rounded clump in as little as 12 months. Learn More
  16. Dianella brevipedunculata - blue flax lily

    Dianella brevipedunculata - blue flax lily

    Native grass with a compact clumping growth habit featuring dainty sprays of blue-purple flowers followed by purple berries. Ideal used in rockeries and as a bordering plant. Learn More

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  17. Dianella 'Silver Streak' variegated

    Dianella 'Silver Streak' variegated

    A lovely white-striped compact form of the native dianella. Ideal for adding light and colour to shaded areas of the garden, mass plantings, or jazzing up a dull border. Learn More
  18. Dianella 'Little Jess'™

    Dianella 'Little Jess'™

    Very compact variety of a native grass with a profusion of purple flowers in spring, and fresh green foliage year round. Great drought tolerant landscaping plant, and easy going in most locations. Almost maintenance-free. Learn More
  19. Dianella 'Emerald Fountain'

    Dianella 'Emerald Fountain'

    Native bordering and groundcover plant suited to almost any location or climate, especially shade. Super versatile, tolerates heat, drought, frost, wet and humid conditions. Plus pretty purple flowers in season! Learn More

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  20. Casuarina 'Cousin It'

    Casuarina 'Cousin It'

    Unique, strange, fun! This popular plant has a character all of its own, with fine 'hairy' strands of evergreen cascading foliage, soft to touch. Use as a groundcover or feature plant in rockeries and hanging baskets, where it will spread to 1m across but only 10cm high. Low maintenance, weed suppressing.
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