between the cracks
Early last year I asked the community for recommendations on ground covers, for between the flagstones of my garden path. I promised to post the results, so here they are, a year later... Several of the suggestions involved Irish moss, (some sort of) mint and creeping thyme. A couple of my local stores had a fair variety of these kinds of things. The moss didn't quite do it for me. I found some mint, and while I liked the scent, it was just too overpowering. I came across the thyme, and fell in love with the scent. I got six plants, and was able to split one. I planted them in the soil between the stones. At first I was disappointed that they spread across the stones, rather than down the cracks. They covered up my beautiful stones! They have little purple flowers that attract bees (which is fine with me). The little flowers apparently drop seeds, because I have tiny little thyme seedlings now. This means they really will spread along the cracks (and the main plants spread a bit over the summer). Unfortunately, they'll also spread across the stones. And into my garden. Fortunately, they won't be hard to control, in that respect. But they cover up my stones! *sigh* I love the smell! When the wind is calm, and I've just walked over it, I like to sit on the bench and smell the air. Here are my six plants after a year. I took my scissors to them, to trim the deadish stuff in early spring, but other than that, I haven't touched them.