Evergreen groundcovers aren't the stars of the garden, but they help keep the green going into the winter months.
|Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) in February|
English Ivy (Hedera helix), Periwinkle (Vinca minor) and Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) are the old standards. They have their place, but there are many other options.
I'll highlight just a few.
Junipers may be overused, but here are a few that I like:
Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana') is low and wide spreading with a nice texture.
Blue Star Juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star') is more rounded, with blue-green foliage which can be used for contrast.
I spotted this feathery-looking shrub this fall (also shown in the first photo), that
I wasn't familiar with.
Update: I've learned that it's Russian Arborvitae (Microbiota decussata).
Originating in Siberia, it's a sturdy plant with
green summer foliage and bronze-purple winter foliage, and with
a potential spread of 6-10 feet.
Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis) is a shrub for shady locations. Its tiny white late winter flowers are fragrant.