Hi folks -- I just put down some paving stones in my garden yesterday to
make a pathway for ease of weeding, etc. I'd like to plant some very
low-growing ground cover as a fill in between the stones to give it that old
English garden path feel. I live in the Washington DC area, zone 7; the
area in which I placed the stones gets full sun for a big part of the day
from late summer to early fall, and very little full sun in spring and fall.
Something with small flowers would be nice... any ideas for me? Thanks in
You probably know Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima), an annual that reseeds
profusely so you'll never be without it. It likes sunny dryish sites and grows
for me even out of cracks along paved areas. There are many colors available,
but the white seems to be the toughest and smells delicious. Blooms from May
to hard frost, with an occasional haircut to deadhead and promote new growth.
One seed packet will go a long way.....just press the seed into the soil, don't
cover, keep moist until the seedlings are growing.
I would suggest that you go the seed route, rather than buy
transplants.....much easier to get strongly growing plants in your intended
location if you sow them in place (not to mention much less $$$).
In addition to the various low-napped thymes others have mentioned, I'd also
suggest being patient, weeding, and seeing which mosses take up residence. I
used a crushed granite stone dust as filler for my slate walkway, and after
a few months various gorgeous mosses started creeping in, one in particular
is called Bryum argentum, aka Kyoto Moss. I also planted Corsican Mint in a
few places, and the combination is wonderful.
Go to google and do a search on creeping thyme. There are many different
colors and scents to use. It is a low growing perennial that requires
little to no maintenance and can be walked on without damage. I think
you'll really like the flowers too. They are very tiny and old fashioned
Zone 7b - North Carolina
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