The Q&A Archives: Hardy, low maintenance ground cover

Question: We have a lake house that we visit most every weekend. Last summer we installed a natural stone path and are wanting to add a ground cover this year to fill in around the stepping stones. The soil is mostly hard clay and the path, which is actually natural steps, is on a fairly steep incline, with about 2 feet between stones. It is a sunny and doesn't get much watering except weekends. Ideas?

Answer: It sounds like a perfect site for creeping thyme. This plant is highly drought resistant and if you remember to water the area well before you leave after the weekend, the plants will survive by using the moisture trapped under the stepping stones. Of course it will need sufficient moisture when first planted so the roots can become well established but you may be able to plant it now and natural rainfall will help keep it moist. If not, try planting it in the fall so it can become established during the fall and winter rains. Best wishes with your project!

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