When looking for ground covers, consider foliage, height, flowers and lighting needs.
Foliage is present all season, unlike most perennial flowers that have a specific bloom time. This makes it very important to choose plants with interesting foliage.
Height is important as well. Ground covers are considered to be plants that are 6 inches or shorter. This can be achieved by shearing the plants or just selecting ones with a naturally short height.
Flowers can brighten every landscape, and with ground covers it is especially important. By choosing carefully you can find ground covers that bloom in spring, summer or fall.
Lighting needs are important to consider. Plants do better if they are paired with conditions they thrive in. a shade loving plant may burn in harsh sunlight, and a sun lover will look spindly and unhealthy in shade.