All Things Gardening forum: Fast growing ground cover

Views: 415, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
Pied Piper of Weeds
Daylilies Dragonflies Roses Lilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies
Winter Sowing Permaculture Irises Keeper of Poultry Cottage Gardener Bee Lover
Image
hazeleyes
Apr 8, 2015 8:14 AM CST
had to replace the septic tank and the area is a mess what can I plant that handles medium traffic,grows fast and smells good.
Did not want to put grass back in unless I could not find something more beneficial.
If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Wildflowers/40601218...
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
Image
RickCorey
Apr 8, 2015 12:04 PM CST
I'm not sure Alyssum (Lobularia) would stand up to foot traffic, but it grows fast and flops over, so it would cover ground quickly. It reseeds pretty eagerly in my yard. They are more like flowers than ground cover.

Often it looks like a snowdrift, say 5-10 inches deep if there is nothing to climb up on.

The variety that grew out of a seed mix for me either bloomed continuously or repeatedly all summer and into the fall (we have mild summers and mild falls).

Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
Image
kylaluaz
Apr 8, 2015 12:20 PM CST
My favorites for that kind of situation are creeping thyme and Roman Chamomile. Neither minds foot traffic much. There is a nursery called Steppables which specializes in foot-traffic tolerant groundcovers for all sorts of climates and conditions. Their website is a fount of excellent ideas for this! You might be too wet for wooly thyme, for instance; you might not have enough sun for chamomile, etc. They only sell by the flat, and I can never afford to buy that much plant material at once, but perhaps you can. If not, you can at least discover which groundcovers you'd like to experiment with.

There is also low-growing white clover, which I saw seeds for recently -- was probably either Territorial Seeds or Johnny's Seeds. They were advertising this clover as a ground cover in particular. Seeding instead of setting out plants would mean you'd need to out-compete bird seedeaters though. Green Grin!
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Hibiscus Sempervivums Sedums Dragonflies
Herbs Roses Foliage Fan Annuals Cut Flowers Ferns
Image
orchidgal
Apr 9, 2015 5:08 PM CST
Perennial Peanut. Some states are using it instead of grass. It can be mowed if you wish. Small yellows that are attractive to bees and butterflies.
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
Eeyore
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Seedfork
Apr 9, 2015 5:49 PM CST
Never heard of perennial Peanut, I have learned something new. Thumbs up
Name: Lynne
Houston, TX. Zone 9b (Zone 9b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers I helped beta test the first seed swap
Image
LynneHTx
Apr 10, 2015 6:53 PM CST
I just planted Frog fruit as a ground cover. No scent, but it attracts butterflys/moths. Is drought resistant and doesn't mind too much water.
[Last edited by LynneHTx - Apr 10, 2015 6:53 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #826685 (6)
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Apr 11, 2015 3:05 PM CST
if you are going to walk on it, i think grass.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« All Things Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Chrysanthemum"