In eight years I've only had to weed my thyme patch once to root out a single dandelion. Yes No. It looked nice at first but now weeds have taken over and the yard looks awful. Does Hermione die in Harry Potter and the cursed child? Question: How do I find my planting hardiness zone? 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! 1/11. fdoleac from Hollis, New Hampshire on August 04, 2011: Thank you for this information. I love creeping thyme and have some near a rose bush. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 25, 2017: Awesome, Amy. 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. Creeping Thyme Once creeping thyme (Thymus spp.) I also find that if I plant among it, the disturbed area looks good within a day or two. Answer: You're in 7a or 8b, depending on your location. Especially the thyme. You shouldn't need to water it after it's established. . I was thinking Vinca or a hardy Phlox as we need fast growing. Where do you live, when did you sow, what process did you use, and how did you care for the seeds after sowing? 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. Depending on your soil and situation, any of these ground covers could be used to replace a lawn. To find your exact zone, go to https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/. In mild climates, it remains green year round and begins blooming in early spring. There's a new dragon's blood sedum called Sedum spurium "Fulda Glow" (Fuldaglut ) you might want to try in your Zone 3 garden. The 'Aurea' cultivar is an ideal ground cover for suppressing weeds. No matter which variety you grow, pollinators will be drawn to its broad flower heads. Potentially a gardens because I may have a spare later. Be the first to review this product. is established, it provides a thick ground cover that can thwart crabgrass and handle some foot traffic. STEP 3: Remove the dead Creeping Charlie by hand. What do you think? Answer: Many outlets sell ground cover seeds. Thanks for stopping by! They are not invasives. It is sometimes flooded by the pond but only for a few hours at a time, sometimes very wet but can be very dry in late summer. Your question sort of threw me. Question: Can I use ground cover plants as a mulch in my flower garden? Hardy ground covers can not only improve the appearance of your yard, but they can also significantly reduce the amount of time you spend weeding. Creeping phlox is a classic perennial ground cover that's hardy in Zones 3-9. 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. 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. Could you recommend a colorful ground covering that would be tolerant of that. Just a thought. And then I want to plant a ground covering to choke out the weeds in the landscaped areas. Creeping thyme is a 2- to 3-inch tall aromatic creeper that may spread several feet across. ... Plant evergreen ground cover plants in areas where grass won't easily grow, or to replace grass with something that requires less maintenance. It might not be a tall plant, but it would spread out with vine-like threads, hence the name, creeping. Longer segments mean faster growth. Answer: Some ice plants are hardy in Zones 9-11. Are there any ground covers that would work to keep weeds at bay but allow vegetables to grow in gardens? Phlox subulata would also be a good choice (Zones 3-9). What would you recommend or suggest to help me possibly get thru this heart ache? You know, you were the first hubber to befriend me here. I know grass has a thick root system that makes it hard for our desirable plants to get water and nutrients. How many creeping thyme plants do I need? . Lovely lovely blossoms catch my eye every time. With lawn thyme you not only have a choice of height, but leaf and flower colour as well. Benson Kua via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0. Sometimes sedum and ice move on me. Planting creeping thyme in your garden allows you to enjoy the sweet fragrance of the plant when it starts to flower. My wife does not want weed killing chemical spraying. I don't think of grass as being particularly thick as it has a short root system and is not particularly good about absorbing water-- sort of like a thin towel. My home faces the North and I have plenty of weeds...I keep them mowed to save face...but weeding the entire yard wood leave me with sand. lol. I like burgandy colors in the garden, too. Except re-sodding, and if I have to do that..I might just cement it! Also, are you watering the new plants each morning? I use herbs mulching around them for these situations because they are so useful. Question: Are these ground covers all okay to step on and soft enough for bare feet? It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. What plant will best suit my growing needs? Thanks, Eiddwen. One area is by my hedge roses - in the flower bed between them and the next row. It's a good looking plant, even when it's not blooming. Again, just check first to make sure they're appropriate for your zone. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 06, 2018: Ooh, Ruth, that's a type I've never grown. It tolerates shade and has a cheerful yellow bloom. https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/#. Your pearls of knowledge are heartily welcomed! Answer: Creeping phlox tolerates deer damage fairly well. I would be careful, however, to keep some space between plants and the ground cover to prevent rust, mildew, and other problems. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 31, 2012: Thanks, rbm! https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/. Answer: You can walk on the thyme, but you could cause plant damage if you step on the others. It is very steep and mostly sunny. Its long, trailing stems have round chartreuse leaves and yellow flowers. . . What would be a fast growing , yet easy to pull out ground cover in south Australia , full sun , preferably less watering during summer. Question: Where can I purchase ground cover seeds? 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. 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. Water drips from it sort of like it does from an umbrella. A lot of mullein and lambs ear which I don’t mind but then there are huge thistles that are just scary. It is steep, dry, gets a lot of sun midday. 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. Any ideas on how to get the sedum to thicken up in order to choke out the weeds? Question: Which low-maintenance groundcover can stand full sun AND be planted in a bed with perennials such as daylilies, iris, black-eyed Susan, and such? Question: Can you tell me what ground cover begins with a p? Like creeping Jenny, dragon's blood sedum has trailing stems that root easily, so it's a snap to propagate. Even so, you'll probably find that one of the ground covers you plant becomes dominate. 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. Growing other plants around your veg could attract insects, lead to mildew or rust, and use the soil nutrients your vegetables could be using. Thank you for the great information. We are looking for ways to cut down or get rid of chemicals while getting control of this weed. House is at 5,500 elevation, 18 miles south of Big Bear. Definitely! Question: Can you mix different ground covers together? I've had success with sedum rupestre 'Angelina' in the same area. I also like to use mint species for ground cover. It blooms a long time and looks interesting in the winter, too, if you don't cut back the flowers. Choosing plants that grow and thrive in your particular climate is the very first step toward having a beautiful garden . One is extremely wet all year. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 08, 2019: Have you considered putting down cardboard or plastic for a few weeks? Hardy phlox is both hardy and long-lived, and will give you a gorgeous show once it's established. It's deer-resistant, too. Creeping Jenny is a fast grower, and thyme will gain about half its size by the next year, but really how fast any plant spreads depends upon how well it likes the conditions. Answer: It varies by county. Asked By: Stephania Feas | Last Updated: 16th March, 2020, The less space between leaves, the slower your, Plant groundcovers to transform challenging bare spots in your landscape into a carpet of color. Flowers would be nice but not essential. I am going to plant some Spring bulbs and some trees and bushes now during Fall here in Northern Utah. You mentioned in one of your comments that roses need ventilation. In spring, it produces bright green leaves that turn maroon as temperatures drop. Some of them are really cool. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 17, 2018: I'm sorry you're having problems, Vlad. If it helps you help me, I am trying to focus on various shades of pink and purple at this location. My house in Lake Arrowhead, CA is taken over by weeds. On banks, try Scarlet Flame Carpet Phlox or moonbeam coreopsis (drought tolerant and it has a sweet flower). Although they're relatively care-free once they're established, they need daily watering until they are established. Need coverage for a dry area that gets full sun? Second, I need something over and around my oriental lilies. At first I didn't like it because nutbsedge kept growing through it, but as it's become more established, it's suppressed the nutsedge and is now a lovely green/gold carpet that keeps its color in winter, turning a bit red when it's really cold. Creeping thyme, also known commonly as ‘Mother of Thyme,’ is an easily grown, spreading thyme variety. Best to you! The water pours out of the mountain and from what I can see on the Highlands Water Preservation it is the headwater to the stream. 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)? Mine is growing in a flower garden. An evergreen perennial, heuchera is known for its vibrant foliage, which ranges in color from silver to green to brown. Very shady, drought can be an issue in CA. Answer: Any of these will grow in full sun; however, creeping Jenny, mazus and Phlox Stolonifera prefer moist conditions. How do I replace grass with creeping thyme? Best to you! They would require maintenance, but not more than day lilies, iris, and black-eyed Susan, which have to be cut back and divided. Creeping Sedums are some of the most versatile plants that take hold effortless in dry soil and one of my personal favorites. Disparately seeking help! Hi Jill love your article as we are removing most of our backyard lawn in favor of drought tolerant ground cover ( don't know what kind yet, may be 2 or 3 in waves ). To start, thoroughly weed and then apply pumice to lighten the soil of the entire area for the. Plant it around stepping stones; it gives off a delightful scent when stepped on. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 03, 2015: Hi "Leafy Splurge." Although creeping Jenny can be an aggressive grower, the cultivar "Aurea" is relatively well-behaved. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 28, 2012: Hope the dragon's blood does well for you, quester. HamiltonRich and Debbie Riolo replaced the grass in the yard of their Sunset Drive NW home with ground cover and perennials. 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. How do I keep my ground cover from spreading? Without seeing the area, I'm not sure what to say except perhaps two things. ps. Help! Do any of the others have that quality? I have a hillside that needs low growing, weed-suppressing plants that will grow by broadcasting seeds. Also, epimedium. How fast are we talking about? What cars have the most expensive catalytic converters? It sounds lovely. Angels are on the way this evening. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 07, 2017: Reading your comment makes me excited about your projects too! Many thanks. Ajuga is tenacious spreading by means of runners, or ground-level stems that root and form new plants and chokes out weeds along the way. 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. It is so low growing, grows in the sunniest locations, survives drought, and although it grows pretty slowly...at least I don't have to worry about it invading my adjacent grassy areas. Jill, Looking for a ground cover that is the most rabbit resistant. I live on a corner lot that neighboring dog walkers use too often. We grew our thyme from seed, but you can also purchase organic plug trays for quicker results. Best of luck! Question: Will any of these ground covers compete/choke a ninety-year-old red oak tree? If i keep it mowed, the frog fruit doesn't bloom and looks awful. Question: What do I do to keep a gardenia living and blooming? Answer: I would not recommend Vinca minor or Vinca major if the area is near a natural area as both are aggressive growers and invasive. Also, roses are prone to mildew, so good ventilation is a must for keeping them healthy. To choke out weeds. Question: We live in a dry area along the Snake River in southern Idaho. I noticed creeping Jenny is listed on my local native plant society. It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. It is excellent planted as a lawn substitute or among stepping stones or pavers to create a living patio. Groundcovers sprawl across the ground but don't grow tall, eliminating the need to mow, providing the perfect alternative to grass. Creeping thyme has many uses, but it’s the best choice for groundcover for your flowerbeds. We desperately need to put down a covering this year as the work to cut down the overgrowth of weeds is to difficult for us. Do I need to remove grass before planting? Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 19, 2017: Hi Suzann, Is the island in shade or full sun? If conditions are right, it will bloom throughout summer, sometimes even into fall. It requires less water, is generally tough (see “walking on thyme” below), drought resistant, hardy all the way north to zone 4 if it’s healthy, and will spread easily to fill in most of the space that you want it to. I am up tonight ordering the last few plants for this project (#3 above) because a good clearance is ending! I don’t want to mess with either of those natural habitats. Maybe white groundcover? Not only does creeping thyme lend itself well to being a ground cover, but it holds up to damage. Question: I am in Zone 10 (Southern California). If not restricted, many ground covers will advance beyond the area you've allotted for them. I want to be able to cover the weed area with some ground cover that won't harm my plants. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 06, 2018: Hi Scott, weeds around your roses will attract pests. We have a hill behind our home that is mostly composed of weeds. I live in Tampa Florida..in the City..but still a neighborhood that enjoys a quarterly "Best Yard" notice! Enjoyed this post on ground covers. 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. I really appreciate the encouragement! Is it best to plant the ground covering in Fall or wait til Spring? Ft. area that I need to cover. The Best Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden. Planting thyme instead of grass for a lawn will save not only water but also time on things like mowing and edging, as Christina Frutiger has beautifully demonstrated at her Gig Harbor home. ground to cover. But do need a really good ground cover. Third, I just need something between new plants in a new flower Bed I am opening. :). I have young baby, so don't want high maintenance, and currently have a lot of wasps living in the front bushes as well... Is there something you would recommend to plant here? The thyme really can stand up to foot traffic. They also develop wilt if they're not regularly thinned. At just two inches tall, mazus is the perfect ground cover to plant between stepping stones and along walls. I have about 150 sq. I was thinking of some different ice plants not sure if they are invasive or not. They set back my spirea. Wow! It is partial shade or mostly shaded area. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 25, 2017: I'm sending you a link to the CA native plant society website. Will this bother the rose? I was wondering if you might be interested in using a ground cover like red or white clover? Using creeping thyme as groundcover chokes the life out of invasive weeds, keeping your flowerbeds free from weed growth. 'John Creech,' is a smaller, slower growing cultivar that produces pretty pink blossoms in fall. Tell me your general geographical location, and I'll try to come up with some drought-tolerant groundcovers for you. It really is a remarkable plant! 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. It is North side of home, sees no direct sun. Also, expect one of the plants to dominate, as one will probably love the light and soil conditions better than the other. Keeping the weeds down needs 3-4 cuttings each spring/summer. We are looking for a vigorous ground cover to overcome grass that has taken over in our perennial beds. I like that! I'm so very glad to has discovered this site. Although it looks delicate, phlox is extremely rugged, and it grows easily in shaded and full-sun areas. I need to put 'em down once and for all with some tenacious ground cover. I have been trying to choose some groundcovers for 3 areas - and I have been studying the ones you listed. Good information! --DF, Believe it or not I was looking for just this information. It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. Also, given the enormity of my thistles would I need to dig them up prior to planting a ground cover? I killed my St. Augustine grass several years ago and last year planted frog fruit. ‘Elfin' has less scent than grass, but it forms a dense mat of tiny, bright green leaves. 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. . Cannot ask for rabbit proof, no such plant. - 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. Great choices! Thank you. The dripline is the area below the outer circumference of the tree branches. I live in zone 7. H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons, CC SA-BY 3.0. 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. Instead, try a sturdy creeping plant such as baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) or creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) in these locations. 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. 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. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 29, 2019: Before you select any plants, make sure they are right for your growing zone.You might try creeping raspberry, Rubus rolfei, which is a ground cover that does well in areas where moisture fluctuates. Phlox stolonifera is a wonderful weed suppressor for shady spots. Fast growth would be nice as long as it won't take over our mowed yard; however, we can be patient. Is creeping thyme invasive? i have a 200sqm area that was a lawn area before i travel.. Sweet fern and bearberry are possibilities if it's dry shade. Our neighbor has a steep slope that is weeds. Thinking of trying to kill everything and start over. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 20, 2016: Hi Melissa! Question: Will low-maintenance ground covers choke out other flowers if planted in a flower bed? 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. Take care, Jill, Thanks for the information. 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. * It thrives in wet areas. Sedum is fairly easy to start this way. It's a lovely plant and very compact. Own Herby, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. You might like Mimulus aurantiacus (bush monkey flower). When the weather's hot, keep mazus moist. Thanks to your Backyard Gardener link, I determined that I'm in a zone 9 region. What covering should I use? 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. Jill. Hope the phlox works for you. The downside of planting thyme as lawn replacement is the cost. Great hub! Answer: Could it be phlox? Or plant it by walls, along borders, and in other areas that are difficult to weed. Was wondering if I could get your thoughts? Even makes a great match growing in the fall - unless you set your seeds,. Its tallest we just bought a new flower bed between them and the next row behind our that. 10X3 ' is about the size of it, and have attractive blooms shade has. 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