The Q&A Archives: Hardy low-growing perennial

Question: A very hardy and very low growing perennial to plant, from seed if possible, in the one to two inch gaps between the flat limestone rocks of my garden path.
If it gives off a fragrance when stepped on it would be even better.

Answer: Here are a few suggestions for planting between your pavers:

Erigeron scopulinus "Sunny-side Up Fleabane" Very tight mats of deep green foliage make this an exceptional plant for pathways. Super tight to the ground and will bloom miniature white daisies with yellow centers that look like fried eggs. Will lose leaves in winter, but stems remain and make an interesting display on the ground.

Silene acaulis "Moss Campion" Extremely tight creeping perennial that fills in nooks and crannies perfectly. Place in gritty conditions, ignore it and watch it grow. This plant needs sharp drainage to succeed. Hot pink flowers in summer are a welcome surprise.

Thymus praecox Coccineus "Red Creeping Thyme" Soft aromatic foliage is covered with light rose flowers in summer. Deep green foliage gives way to bronze as weather turns cold. Very versatile perennial that will cover dry slopes, creep around roses or work perfectly as a lawn substitute.

Veronica oltensis "Miniature Speedwell" Dainty, olive green serrated leaves bring your eye down to ground level, to be surprised by the over-abundant blue flowers that completely engulf this little creeper. Perfect in tiny cracks and crevices.

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