Planting a creeping thyme lawn with plants set 6-12 inches (15-30 cm.) We have a yard we are starting from scratch and have a ton of weeds that have spread from the open field behind our house. It's rather sweet to see it growing between the cracks of a stone border or draping out of the bed onto the sidewalk. Does this do well in a smaller bed? Second, I need something over and around my oriental lilies. I was thinking creeping thyme or mavus bc sunny, and will get water some when I water the roses - or I CAN water it. Mazus reptans is a lovely green when not in bloom. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 06, 2020: Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. Water drips from it sort of like it does from an umbrella. USDA Zone? Need coverage for a dry area that gets full sun? Good information! Good luck! I'm passing along to you a link to your area extension service so that you can ask a gardening expert in your state (mostly likely a professor) about the best choices for that area of your yard. Plants have a way of doing that! Fast growth would be nice as long as it won't take over our mowed yard; however, we can be patient. Answer: I completely agree with you about the Roundup, etc. Although it grows in partial shade, for best color, grow it in full sun. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 28, 2012: Hope the dragon's blood does well for you, quester. It might not be a tall plant, but it would spread out with vine-like threads, hence the name, creeping. Heuchera. (I belong to the MD native plant society.) Both are good for the soil, reduce erosion, and have attractive blooms. is established, it provides a thick ground cover that can thwart crabgrass and handle some foot traffic. Question: We live in a dry area along the Snake River in southern Idaho. Ft. area that I need to cover. Question: Are any of these plants deer resistant? It's a good looking plant, even when it's not blooming. The site which has recommendations for native plants you might like to use to naturalize that shady area of your property. Without seeing the area, I'm not sure what to say except perhaps two things. I want to be able to cover the weed area with some ground cover that won't harm my plants. All the best, Jill. And it's easy to propagate; transplant small plugs from established plants in early spring or fall when they're not in bloom, or root cuttings during the summer and plant them in autumn. Do any of the others have that quality? A thyme lawn made from the soft yet tough species and varieties of creeping thyme might just be the most wonderful thing to ever happen to your garden. Hi, we just bought a new house and there is no landscaping at all, just dirt and weeds starting to grow. you wouldn't be trimming it back all the time. Many factors affect germination. ... Plant evergreen ground cover plants in areas where grass won't easily grow, or to replace grass with something that requires less maintenance. Thinking of trying to kill everything and start over. Red creeping thyme adds attractive, deep green color to your landscape throughout spring, but it's most beautiful in summer when it erupts in gorgeous crimson flowers. All the best, Jill. It has become a weed area, i am planning to design it next year..however i need to clean it and grow land cover in the mean time. Question: How do I find my planting hardiness zone? What plant will best suit my growing needs? We'd love beautiful flowers too. Pull the Creeping Charlie out of the ground and dispose of it as you would in the hand pulling method, or it could come back from the nodes and roots. Mazus or creeping jenny would work well around your lilies. Also, roses are prone to mildew, so good ventilation is a must for keeping them healthy. I think that's true with any groundcover unless it's an invasive plant, and then you'd have another sort of weeding to do! Where do you live, when did you sow, what process did you use, and how did you care for the seeds after sowing? How fast are we talking about? Secondly, what is the best low maintenance ground cover? . Phlox stolonifera is a wonderful weed suppressor for shady spots. BEST article I have found! The angle is difficult for us as we are 65 years old. I have been trying to choose some groundcovers for 3 areas - and I have been studying the ones you listed. An evergreen perennial, heuchera is known for its vibrant foliage, which ranges in color from silver to green to brown. I live in Tampa Florida..in the City..but still a neighborhood that enjoys a quarterly "Best Yard" notice! here's the link: http://extension.missouri.edu/main/aae.aspx. Can you buy replacement straps for crocs? Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 02, 2017: Hi Diane! I love the creeping thyme. Red creeping thyme adds attractive, deep green color to your landscape throughout spring, but it's most beautiful in summer when it erupts in gorgeous crimson flowers. The less space between leaves, the slower your thyme will spread. If you're trying to keep down weeds in a vegetable garden, you may want to try plastic sheeting or some other type of mulch. Answer: Gardeners do use ground covers like a mulch, to hold moisture and prevent erosion. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 25, 2017: I'm sending you a link to the CA native plant society website. These tough-as-nails perennials, In fact, the taste suffers when the plant is grown in rich soil. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 06, 2018: Hi Scott, weeds around your roses will attract pests. That's what I've found in my garden, anyway. Thanks for commenting! I also like to use mint species for ground cover. H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons, CC SA-BY 3.0. How much does it cost to play a round of golf at Augusta National? It produces itty bitty purple-pink flowers, and has tiny, delicate leaves. If you want even more color, you could use daylilies, too. Other creeping thyme varieties have little scent but make up for the lack with especially attractive foliage or flowers. What is the fastest growing ground cover? Depending on your soil and situation, any of these ground covers could be used to replace a lawn. Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum Magic Carpet) - If you have a stepping stone path or a flagstone patio, growing Magic Carpet seeds is a great way to add lovely, low-growing thyme to the walkway and patio crevices. The others, however, not so much, especially thyme, which is slow growing. Let’s learn more about creeping thyme plant care. I had to leave at least 12" to walk through to prune and treat roses. Even so, you'll probably find that one of the ground covers you plant becomes dominate. You mentioned in one of your comments that roses need ventilation. Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on June 11, 2018: Great information here. In mild climates, it remains green year round and begins blooming in early spring. Creeping Jenny covers large areas quickly, putting out roots all along its stems and choking out weeds. Mine is growing in a flower garden. You'll have to harvest the oregano to keep it looking good and low to the ground, but it's super hardy. Red creeping thyme would work where you are, and so would ice, although it allows a few weeds to peek through, but it spreads like a dream. I was wondering if you might be interested in using a ground cover like red or white clover? I had difficulty with nutsedge popping up in the Angelica at first, but now it's a thick chartreuse carpet. It blooms a long time and looks interesting in the winter, too, if you don't cut back the flowers. I also find that if I plant among it, the disturbed area looks good within a day or two. So, I think a combo of ice plants (6 total max), stonecrop (I have 6 total i can use and 2 of those are Fuldaglut - which you've mentioned), and creeping thyme, or mazus. That’s probably why I usually only small areas of creeping thyme lawn. Needs to be deer/rabbit resistant. Great choices! Just a thought. Dry and dusty hard packed clay soil on a dirt road (lovely!) Best, Jill. It really is a remarkable plant! In early spring, it produces small white or pink flowers. Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum Magic Carpet) - If you have a stepping stone path or a flagstone patio, growing Magic Carpet seeds is a great way to add lovely, low-growing thyme to the walkway and patio crevices. These low-lying plants do not choke out other species, but they can hinder their growth with proper maintenance, especially during establishment. I love all your flowering ground cover mentioned above, but they are all in the Zone 4-9. Thank you!! Read more about these two kinds of phlox below. 400+ Creeping Thyme Seeds- Ground Cover Seeds-THYMUS SERPYLLUM- Magic Carpet...low maintenance ground cover seeds. Coccineus Thyme (Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’) Other Lawn Thyme Varieties. I noticed creeping Jenny is listed on my local native plant society. It can be used in container gardens where it will eventually spill over the edges of the container. Groundcovers. I doubt any groundcover would harm your oak unless it is already on its last legs, but why don't you use landscaping fabric or heavy cardboard over the weeds and mulch underneath the oak to the drip line? I'll keep you posted on my progress. Creeping thyme ground cover is only 2 - 4 inches high, and it spreads and flowers for most of the summer. Red creeping thyme grows close to the ground, creating a mat that leaves no room for weeds. Do you feel either the dragon's blood sedum or the Red Thyme wood work in fighting Leafy Spurge in sandy / dry soils (Saskatchewan near Saskatoon, Canada)? When the weather's hot, keep mazus moist. Lovely lovely blossoms catch my eye every time. Hardy phlox is both hardy and long-lived, and will give you a gorgeous show once it's established. I'm actually planning this tonight and I'm excited. Although it looks delicate, phlox is extremely rugged, and it grows easily in shaded and full-sun areas. This is much easier for them, but makes overall maintenance harder for me. Help! Is it best to plant the ground covering in Fall or wait til Spring? I also have a full sun area that I want a ground cover for that is non-invasive, low, perennial with some added color as it is in front of the house. Since roses need good ventilation, I didn't mind too much and planted clumps of chives a good foot or so away as companion plants and, off the to side, the herb feverfew, which repels pests of all sorts. Also, expect one of the plants to dominate, as one will probably love the light and soil conditions better than the other. Thanks to your Backyard Gardener link, I determined that I'm in a zone 9 region. I'm not sure if Outside Pride, Seeds Needs, or Southern Exposure have the particular seeds you want, but I've had good experiences in purchasing from all three, particularly the last. I currently have hostas, lillies, and a few other plants, along wih a ground.cover that has a bloom that looks like blue bells. Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) is a rugged ground cover hardy in zones 3-9. apart can be pricey, but then again, if you have looked into reseeding or of laying sod for an entire turf lawn, the cost is fairly comparable. I have never seen it before. One area is by my hedge roses - in the flower bed between them and the next row. I really appreciate the encouragement! I live is southern Pennsylvania. Answer: You can walk on the thyme, but you could cause plant damage if you step on the others. Phlox subulata cultivars come in a variety of flower colors, including white, blue, red, and pink. Golden creeping Jenny is also called moneywort. https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/. Jill, Looking for a ground cover that is the most rabbit resistant. Is creeping thyme invasive? Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 18, 2017: Hi Jan. Any of these plants would require less maintenance than a lawn would, especially the ones that don't need a lot of water. I am using drought tolerant plants, and I do NOT want to have to weed every week OR drag in tons of mulch every year. Exploded pumpkin daylilies won't choke out all the weeds like a thick groundcover, but deer don't seem to like that particular cultivar, and they bloom more than once. I would be careful, however, to keep some space between plants and the ground cover to prevent rust, mildew, and other problems. i have a sloping large lot (29thousand sq.feet)zone 8 , what would work best in sandy soil and 2hour watering times. Maybe white groundcover? Some ground covers grow dense enough that they block out weeds. We live very rural and the slope leads into a grassy gulley on the north and woodland on the east. Spearmint, lemon balm, and other garden mints are perfect. Question: I live in Puerto Rico. I'm looking for something that would completely take over a bed, and so far the creeping thyme sounds like a great match. Question: Can I combine Jenny with Phlox to replace areas where grass will not grow well for a mix of plants? This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Using creeping thyme as groundcover chokes the life out of invasive weeds, keeping your flowerbeds free from weed growth. Take care, Jill, another great Hub! Most of the thyme is dead. . It has needle-like evergreen leaves that form a dense mat to effectively suppress weeds. Less hardy Sedum spurium cultivars include ‘red carpet,' which has red leaves, and ‘voodoo,' which has mahogany-colored leaves. I need to put 'em down once and for all with some tenacious ground cover. And then I want to plant a ground covering to choke out the weeds in the landscaped areas. Do I need to remove grass before planting? Answer: Thyme is a good choice, and there are lots of varieties to choose from. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 06, 2017: Karen, that depends on many factors, including what the area is like, what you're sowing and when you're sowing it. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 24, 2011: So many people seem to dislike mint, but like you I'm really fond of it. STEP 3: Remove the dead Creeping Charlie by hand. Sometimes sedum and ice move on me. Best to you! It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. In full-sun, dry areas, Phlox subulata forms a thick, pretty carpet that keeps weeds at bay. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 24, 2017: Hi Jill Such helpful information...I am looking for ground cover and it looks like I came the right spot. 6574. Tufted creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is a North American native that prefers partial sun or shade and moist soil. Sweet fern and bearberry are possibilities if it's dry shade. It even makes a great spiller in mixed container gardens. Thanks for commenting!--Jill. ps. With lawn thyme you not only have a choice of height, but leaf and flower colour as well. It is excellent planted as a lawn substitute or among stepping stones or pavers to create a living patio. Soil compaction will probably be your greatest challenge. Growing other plants around your veg could attract insects, lead to mildew or rust, and use the soil nutrients your vegetables could be using. They form a thick mat and are very effective in choking out weeds. Good luck! Early garden flower and Magic Carpet..B195 Creeping Thyme is a soft evergreen perennial ground cover, which forms a dense mat with clusters of tiny lavender to white flowers. If it helps you help me, I am trying to focus on various shades of pink and purple at this location. What can I use instead of grass in my backyard? Good luck to you! For erosion control, few ground covers work better than creeping phlox (Phlox subulata). In spring, it produces bright green leaves that turn maroon as temperatures drop. You shouldn't need to water it after it's established. Answer: Creeping Jenny might be a problem if it likes the area and you don't buy a cultivar that's slow growing. I have about 150 sq. What service each of these plants does perform, however, is that where they do grow, they grow tightly, making it less likely you'll have to weed. Creeping Sedums are some of the most versatile plants that take hold effortless in dry soil and one of my personal favorites. Use a border to block grass from creeping into your destinated plot of flowers and ground-cover. The creeping lemon thyme that my friend was growing, sported the same pink flowers as creeping caraway thyme and creeping spicy orange thyme. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 03, 2015: Hi "Leafy Splurge." House is at 5,500 elevation, 18 miles south of Big Bear. I have some Elfin Thyme that I love. Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' SKU. Great hub! Thanks for stopping by! Longer segments mean faster growth. I am excited to try all of these next spring. Flowers would be nice but not essential. Question: Can you mix different ground covers together? :). I have a north facing slope that curves around to the east. Thyme will … Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 04, 2017: Paddy M, lots of herbs are distasteful to rabbits, including thyme and Greek oregano, both of which I use as a groundcover. Thank you for the information. It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. Take care, Jill, Thanks for the information. Question: Why did my creeping thyme seeds not germinate? Phlox subulata would also be a good choice (Zones 3-9). Best to you! Other plants you might like to add, which aren't actually ground covers, but are good "rain garden" plants, are Amsonia Blue Ice; Asclepias incarnata, Rose (Swamp) Milkweed; Echinacea pallida, Pale Purple Coneflower. Mazus reptans, commonly called mazus, is another low-maintenance perennial ground cover. I don’t want to Chile or Pepper flake my yard as I have a dog as well but he’s well behaved and only goes where directed. --DF, Believe it or not I was looking for just this information. We have permission to treat it as our own to stop the ugly weed growth. I am going to plant some Spring bulbs and some trees and bushes now during Fall here in Northern Utah. Question: I am in Zone 10 (Southern California). The pictures were great! Thanks so much with help re groundcovers! I am amazed at how hardy and successful creeping Jenny has been but am planning to incorporate creeping thyme for its change up in color and weed fighting abilities. It's good in Zones 6-9. Thanks for a great hub. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 04, 2019: Hi, Kathy. Not only does creeping thyme lend itself well to being a ground cover, but it holds up to damage. ‘Elfin' has less scent than grass, but it forms a dense mat of tiny, bright green leaves. Any suggestions. If so, you may have to add organic matter to ameliorate the problem somewhat when installing new plants. Happy you stopped by, MysteryPlanet, and good luck with your gardening project. photo via Flickr by Katherine Creeping Thyme Planting, Care, and Propagation Tips Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) By comparison, the Coccineus Thyme grows very low to the ground, and flowers more heavily, and never needs pruning. If the plant spreads by underground stems or by rooting along stems that touch the soil, you may be able to control it by trimming the planting's edges with pruning or hedge shears or with a rotary mower. Very helpful article. You might consider putting down cardboard over the grassy areas and then topping it with about two inches of mulch, then planting a thick-locking groundcover like thyme or sedum Angelica in the in-between areas. The thyme really can stand up to foot traffic. Or perhaps your landscape suffers from boggy patches marred by bald spots and scraggly weeds. Also, of big importance is that it is possible to walk on creeping thyme. These low-lying plants do not choke out other species, but they can hinder their growth with proper maintenance, especially during establishment. Is the ground extremely hard? The area faces east Behind our home and is covered by tall trees about 20%. Disparately seeking help! My kids keep insisting on weeding the places that have no plants in them. The rest is open. We have a bed with Bottle Brush and a white rose with Lipia Nordiflora ground cover. We grew our thyme from seed, but you can also purchase organic plug trays for quicker results. Although the others flower, they don't produce stand-out blooms. And do you know the type of weeds that are growing there now? I'd like to do so with some variety since there's a lot of (ha!) I need weed control, and hopefully something about 8-inches tall or so. It is technically a woody perennial but the woody portion of the plant is not very woody and then only near the base of the plant. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 09, 2011: thanks, we were just talking about a problem area in our yard and you may have solved the problem. I have read again and again about creating thyme fast groth but I have no success with it I have a big front lawn that I want to convert to no grass lawn. HamiltonRich and Debbie Riolo replaced the grass in the yard of their Sunset Drive NW home with ground cover and perennials. Purple mixed with lavender butterfly bushes, pink cotton candy muhly grass, pink armeria, probably Lord Lieutenant Windflowers (blue-ish purple), French Lingerie reblooming daylilies, maybe a Millenium Globeflower, maybe Lilac Sensation OR Josee Lilac. that is excellent at breeding waves of weeds. Here are some examples: Your question sort of threw me. I have a large sectioned area that I planted 2 types of sedum in several years ago. I'm definitely going to try the dragon's blood sedum. Question: What do I do to keep a gardenia living and blooming? SHADY. See full descriptions and photos for each below. Can you advise any drought tolerant flowering ground cover for my yard, please? What is my climate zone? Likewise, will creeping thyme overtake grass? thanks. Click to see full answer Accordingly, how fast does creeping thyme spread? Instead, try a sturdy creeping plant such as baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) or creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) in these locations. It tolerates shade and has a cheerful yellow bloom. Answer: It varies by county. They also develop wilt if they're not regularly thinned. This low maintenance turf alternative requires no mowing, fertilizing, thatching or watering. Will this bother the rose? To start, thoroughly weed and then apply pumice to lighten the soil of the entire area for the. Thanks for the vote! You may want to ask your local extension agent. I have a pond with a small island in my backyard. . How do I replace grass with creeping thyme? How many creeping thyme plants do I need? That should kill the weeds, allowing you to take up a layer of roots and seeds. It was going to be on top of a slope, but now I think it will be on the actual slope - so that people will see it. Each grows thickly, choking out weeds as it spreads. Over the last couple of years it has moved itself away from the bush toward the rocky edging. They're easy to naturalize, so they'll spread on their own. Thyme is an ideal grass alternative. Walking on it will cause little bursts of thyme scent to accompany every step. Enjoyed this post on ground covers. What cars have the most expensive catalytic converters? Except re-sodding, and if I have to do that..I might just cement it! They are not invasives. Red Creeping Thyme. Best to you! Jerzy Opioła via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0. Excellent for sunny or shady spots on a slope. It likes full sun and grows close to the ground at only two to four-inches tall. If you really want to know, take a photo of it with your phone and send the picture to https://ask.extension.org/ask, Hi, i have a flower bed that is constantly overgrown with weeds. Hope the phlox works for you. I've used Creeping Jenny before around the house, and it grows very nicely and I never have weeds around it. Potentially a gardens because I may have a spare later. Also, my main concern, is will the ground covering choke out the bulbs from coming up year after year? Sedum is fairly easy to start this way. It is North side of home, sees no direct sun. Thanks for the encouragement then and now. We are looking for ways to cut down or get rid of chemicals while getting control of this weed. Its long, trailing stems have round chartreuse leaves and yellow flowers. They would require maintenance, but not more than day lilies, iris, and black-eyed Susan, which have to be cut back and divided. Any ideas on how to get the sedum to thicken up in order to choke out the weeds? SOMETHING has to fill in the dirt before the weeds come back. If not restricted, many ground covers will advance beyond the area you've allotted for them. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 04, 2011: Thanks for reading, fdoleac. I have a Limelight Hydrangea tree nearby, but it hasn't grown much in two years. The other plants could be considered deer resistant; however, that doesn't mean deer won't sometimes eat them or at least take a bite and then decide they don't want to graze those particular plants. Also, given the enormity of my thistles would I need to dig them up prior to planting a ground cover? People with their 16-20 ft leashes are a nuisance and I am constantly dealing with poop and urine stains. Answer: It's 9a, 10a, or 10b, depending on your zip code. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 02, 2014: Very true, Sarah. - going to try the dragon's blood - since we use an herbal med by the same name - works wonders so I see if the plant will work wonders for a poor area - thanks. Can my dog go up and down stairs after being spayed? It does well in containers, rock gardens, and places where little else (besides weeds) will grow. Tell me your general geographical location, and I'll try to come up with some drought-tolerant groundcovers for you. 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