Sun Loving Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Rsoa, CA
Question by jppto
March 17, 1999
I'll be putting in large stepping stones for a 4 to 5 foot wide path from the back door to the lawn. What are some good choices to plant between the stepping stones? It is a sunny location. Is it better to plant from seed or starter plants?

Answer from NGA
March 17, 1999


There are only a few plants that are low-growing enough to fit in the spaces between pavers without creeping up high enough to trip you as you walk. Thymus praecox acticus (Wooly Thyme) is a first choice for a tough, sun loving plant, and Baby's Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) is a second choice. Both plants will thrive in small spaces and both will bloom, adding extra interest to your footpath. If you want almost instant results, you can transplant this spring. If you can wait a few weeks for growth to appear, sprinkle seeds between the pavers and keep them watered well until the seedlings appear. I have both plants in my garden and the Thyme is the most resilient of the two. Crushed Thyme leaves have a wonderful fragrance, too, so stepping on the leaves is encouraged!

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