Creeping Wintergreen

Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Buy 3+ at $13.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $12.95 ea

For fragrance and looks, this creeping evergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) groundcover can't be beat. It sports pink bell-shaped flowers and scarlet fruit - often at the same time - in the spring and summer, and in autumn the leaves turn dark red, adding an attractive note to your garden.

Crush the leaves to enjoy their fragrance, or use them in tea. The scarlet berries are edible, and they add a bright note to the plant throughout the winter.

Hardy from zones 3 to the cooler portions of zone 8, creeping wintergreen likes acidic, moist soil and light shade in the north, but needs deeper shade in the southern zones. This plant will take about a year to get established before it spreads.

Creeping Wintergreen / Checkerberry


Set 1 to 2 feet apart, in partial shade, in moist, acid soil. We recommend a sandy, welldrained soil enriched with generous amounts of compost, leaf-mold or peat moss.


Water regularly and deeply – Gaultheria needs moisture above all else, especially during periods of drought. A year-round organic mulch of compost or leaf mold is recommended to preserve moisture and help provide a cool root-run. Once established, plants resent transplanting.


Zones 3 (cooler portions)-7

A Tradition of Distinction

Since its founding in 1920, Wayside Gardens has brought the rarest and highest-quality plants to the garden market. Wayside was founded in 1920 by two acclaimed growers who came together to pursue their shared vision of marketing all high-end plants for the serious garden enthusiast. Originally located in Mentor, Ohio, Wayside Gardens swiftly grew a reputation for the highest-quality plants and the most sophisticated clientele. In 1975, Wayside was purchased by the Park Seed Company, and moved to Hodges, SC.  The company has flourished since then, growing to become an undisputed leader in rare and unique plant growing.

Unparalleled Selection

Wayside's horticulturists travel the world in search of new and unusual plant cultivars and proudly offer the garden industry’s most sophisticated selection of high quality and rare perennial plants, bulbs, trees, shrubs, roses, vines, and indoor plants. Beginning with ties to the Dutch family bulb business in Holland, our horticulturists have developed close relationships with perennial and bulb growers throughout the United States and Europe, providing access to many rare and unique garden treasures. Throughout our history we have had the pleasure of introducing numerous exotic foreign and domestic plant cultivars to the American garden market. The Wayside collection of new and exclusive plant products is so preeminent that the catalog has long been lauded in the industry and is even used as a reference work in horticultural schools.

Impeccable Quality and Value – We Guarantee It!

At Wayside Gardens, “pedigreed plants” and “root strength” have always been watchwords. The Wayside Gardens impeccable plant quality begins with selecting only the finest new product offerings with improved plant features and numerous advantages for our gardening customers. These improved plant selections are then grown to our exacting quality standards by garden industry professionals. This produces superior plants with well developed root systems and healthy, vigorous plant growth habits. That is why we proudly guarantee all Wayside Gardens' products to perform as advertised, being of superior quality, true to type, and shipped properly.

Larger Containers & Well Established Root Systems

We use larger containers and grow bigger plants than other nurseries, leading to greater root strength. Where appropriate, Wayside Gardens propagates our plants vegetatively rather than from seed, to ensure the plants possess the correct form and are true to variety, like a true double form, as opposed to the single or semi-double forms that may result from seed propagation. Because we employ only the finest and most technologically advanced plant growing methods, you can be confident in receiving healthy plants ready to burst forth in glorious growth in your garden.

Superlative Service

  • Unique, well-established and vigorous growing plants offer greater value for your money than other nurseries.
  • Dedicated to providing detailed plant care instruction and informative plant information to make your product selection and planting truly enjoyable.
  • Trained horticulturists are on-call to offer you any help or advice you need on how to care for your plants.
  • All Wayside plants are carefully packaged to ensure a safe arrival.
  • Your plants will be shipped to you at the proper time for planting.
  • Honored to be your first choice in horticulture.
  • If your item has received our recommended care and still doesn't perform to your satisfaction, we will replace it free of charge or credit you the item’s cost.
  • Wayside Gardens is committed to helping you make your gardening an exquisite experience.