Rock Gardens forum: Perennial z6 groundcover for between stepping stones

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Name: Andi
to be determined.... (Zone 6b)
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GardenQuilts
Feb 6, 2017 3:40 PM CST
I am looking for suggestions for ground covers, preferably grown from seed, for zone 6 clay soil in filtered sun to full sun. My walkway is across my tiny yard from the front step to the patio, less than 20 feet long. I prefer perennials, but will consider fast growing reseeding annuals. If you have a favorite source for large (but not huge) numbers of such seed, feel free to mention it.

I just moved into a new place - yet again. They say that third time is the charm, but they also say bad luck comes in threes. Three moves in less than three years. I dragged my plants and my slate walkway paving stones with me - some of the plants even survived!

I want to plant a groundcover between the paving stones. I have seeds for Irish moss and for creeping thyme. I am not sure if they will like the location of the future walkway. It is very muddy clay - up to the ankles of Winston the pug on warm days. At the moment, It is under layers of cardboard. I even removed all the tape this time!

I think the Irish moss will do well in the filtered shade. Creeping thyme may grow along the slightly sloped edge of the walkway in the sun. However, I don't think either will like the sunny mud. I can fill the area between the stones with better soil mix, but would love something that would work with the location as is - less of a battle that way.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 6, 2017 4:09 PM CST
Hi Andi.
Have you tried Wooly Thyme? Mine stays very low growing. It has been in this large container for many years with no fertilizer or added soil. I also have it in the ground in a few places, in full sun.

The thread "Trying out different ground covers." in Landscape Photo #3834
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 18, 2017 8:16 PM CST
I have creeping thyme between my pavers. I don't know if you can grow if from seed (but why not?). I got a couple 6-packs and kept moving pieces until it pretty much took over. It grows FAST.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 19, 2017 9:09 AM CST
It will grow from seed. May just take a little longer to fill in.
Daisy I would love to see a photo of your path, it sounds lovely.
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robertduval14
Feb 19, 2017 9:15 AM CST

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Try looking through the offerings here....

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Name: Andi
to be determined.... (Zone 6b)
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GardenQuilts
Feb 19, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Thanks. At the moment, my pavers are in a pile next to the patio and the future path is mud covered with cardboard. My little yard is solid mud today in the unusually warm weather. Luckily, my little dog Winston the pug stayed on the cardboard. We also strolled around the neighborhood a bit.

I have seed for creeping thyme, irish moss, snow in summertime, and alyssum (annual). I moved some plants of irish moss and creeping thyme. I'll have to check if they are alive.

I wasn't sure if wooly thyme and creeping thyme are the same. I looked it up and found this link with even more varieties of thyme!

https://www.thespruce.com/type...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 19, 2017 9:59 PM CST
Sounds like you are well on your way to carrying out your plan. Wooly thyme is very easy to recognize, it has a definite fuzzy/wooly texture. The other creeping thyme have smooth leaves.
Name: Andi
to be determined.... (Zone 6b)
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GardenQuilts
Mar 10, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Here is my little yard today. It snowed on my spring.
Thumb of 2017-03-11/GardenQuilts/48691a

Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Mar 10, 2017 8:12 PM CST
Looks like the pug is planting a bulb.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 12, 2017 4:02 PM CST
It snowed on my spring too.
Thumb of 2017-03-12/DaisyI/c22a15

But I found this photo I took last July of the stone path through my garden with the creeping thyme between the stones.
Thumb of 2017-03-12/DaisyI/eb2c0b



Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Mar 12, 2017 4:30 PM CST
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Name: Andi
to be determined.... (Zone 6b)
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GardenQuilts
Mar 14, 2017 5:51 PM CST
I like your path. I want a similar effect in my yard.

The snow is higher than the flower pots now. About two feet of heavy snow.

Winston the pug was either planting a doggie bulb or making a statement on the weather. I think he is insulted that I cull his bulbs as quickly as he plants them. It don't appreciate his efforts of doggie aromatherapy. He is not pleased that the snow is taller than he is today.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Mar 14, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Poor Winston, he's just trying to help you out Smiling Smiling Smiling Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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