Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on June 11, 2018: Great information here. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 28, 2012: Hope the dragon's blood does well for you, quester. I think creeping thyme and/or creeping phlox would work well in the sort of mixed bed you're describing. I live in Tampa the City..but still a neighborhood that enjoys a quarterly "Best Yard" notice! The thyme really can stand up to foot traffic. The angle is difficult for us as we are 65 years old. Anyway . 400+ Creeping Thyme Seeds- Ground Cover Seeds-THYMUS SERPYLLUM- Magic Carpet...low maintenance ground cover seeds. I love the creeping thyme. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 06, 2018: Ooh, Ruth, that's a type I've never grown. It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. What cars have the most expensive catalytic converters? But do need a really good ground cover. Depending on your soil and situation, any of these ground covers could be used to replace a lawn. Jill, Looking for a ground cover that is the most rabbit resistant. I have been trying to choose some groundcovers for 3 areas - and I have been studying the ones you listed. Over the last couple of years it has moved itself away from the bush toward the rocky edging. Here's an article about them from Mother Earth News: Hi, enjoyed the article !! Second, I need something over and around my oriental lilies. It is so low growing, grows in the sunniest locations, survives drought, and although it grows pretty least I don't have to worry about it invading my adjacent grassy areas. It likes full sun and grows close to the ground at only two to four-inches tall. I live is southern Pennsylvania. We have a hill behind our home that is mostly composed of weeds. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 02, 2013: Thanks, Patricia. Question: How do I find my planting hardiness zone? I have a north facing slope that curves around to the east. Looks like you're in Zone 7a. Maybe white groundcover? I'm struggling re choosing tall plants/trees. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 11, 2018: Red creeping thyme will grow out of the bed, but . 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. Also, are you watering the new plants each morning? I've used Creeping Jenny before around the house, and it grows very nicely and I never have weeds around it. So I would love something I can plant there that doesn't need mowing nor much maintenance as I sink to my ankles. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 21, 2011: Awesome! thanks. What is my climate zone? To find your exact zone, go to I have about 150 sq. One area is by my hedge roses - in the flower bed between them and the next row. Lovely lovely blossoms catch my eye every time. I was thinking of some different ice plants not sure if they are invasive or not. How many creeping thyme plants do I need? What do you think? . 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. Hope you give dragon's blood a try. How do I replace grass with creeping thyme? that is excellent at breeding waves of weeds. A cultivar of the succulent Sedum spurium, dragon's blood ('Schorbuser Blut') is hardy in Zones 3-8. I’m looking for fast spreading groundcover that will grow effectively around the edge of a pond and choke out all weeds up to waters edge. Tell me your general geographical location, and I'll try to come up with some drought-tolerant groundcovers for you. 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. I really like the creeping phlox, will give this a try in my front yard. It is partial shade or mostly shaded area. Thanks so much with help re groundcovers! 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. Where do you live, when did you sow, what process did you use, and how did you care for the seeds after sowing? Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (a hardy variety of black-eyed Susan) spreads like a weed here. Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' SKU. Need coverage for a dry area that gets full sun? For extremely high-traffic areas that don't bear up well when planted with grass. Thank you... Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 14, 2018: Thank you, Roberta! Although it grows in partial shade, for best color, grow it in full sun. I like that! Walking on it will cause little bursts of thyme scent to accompany every step. I’d rather replace my front lawn with ground over that dogs won’t want to walk on. If i don't mow, the frog fruit looks great but weeds take over. Of particular interest is the dragon's blood sedum. 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)? GREAT article! They have lovely flowers and are drought tolerant. I'd like something that is only a few inches tall and flowers would be a definite bonus. Question: Can you tell me what ground cover begins with a p? Answer: It varies by county. So my question, is there anything could I plant that wouldn’t choke out the natural beauty but still cover the slope and choke out the weeds? I got one to take but it barely covers the 10 inch spot. I'm talking way too much! Growing other plants around your veg could attract insects, lead to mildew or rust, and use the soil nutrients your vegetables could be using. I really appreciate the encouragement! Creeping Jenny covers large areas quickly, putting out roots all along its stems and choking out weeds. Your question sort of threw me. Question: Where can I purchase ground cover seeds? Most varieties of thyme are tolerant of light foot traffic. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 02, 2017: Hi Diane! There's a new dragon's blood sedum called Sedum spurium "Fulda Glow" (Fuldaglut ) you might want to try in your Zone 3 garden. Lawn & Garden; The Best Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden Whether you do it yourself or you pay a landscaper, maintaining a vibrant garden and lush lawn requires time, effort, and money. Ft. area that I need to cover. I've had success with sedum rupestre 'Angelina' in the same area. 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. So a large Rectangle shape running north to south. It's deer-resistant, too. Wish you luck! Question: Will low-maintenance ground covers choke out other flowers if planted in a flower bed? Thanks for commenting!--Jill. The tallest mentioned here is Phlox stolonifera, which is 12" at its tallest. Just a thought. 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. Question: I am in Zone 10 (Southern California). - 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. Thank you!! Here's a link to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map for your state: Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 17, 2011: Sounds like we have some of the same issues! Needs to be deer/rabbit resistant. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 25, 2017: I'm sending you a link to the CA native plant society website. Except re-sodding, and if I have to do that..I might just cement it! Red creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum coccineus ) is a heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant ground cover that grows in zones 3 to 9. Mine is growing in a flower garden. 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. 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! Plant thick-growing ground cover plants to choke out weeds. In eight years I've only had to weed my thyme patch once to root out a single dandelion. 1/11. 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. Does this do well in a smaller bed? lol. Good luck to you! Best to you! I am so happy to have found this. I would be careful, however, to keep some space between plants and the ground cover to prevent rust, mildew, and other problems. Do you have to remove grass before landscaping? Even so, you'll probably find that one of the ground covers you plant becomes dominate. --Jill. Question: We live in a dry area along the Snake River in southern Idaho. I will be planting Green Giants on top of the berm for a privacy screen. I had to leave at least 12" to walk through to prune and treat roses. Likewise, will creeping thyme overtake grass? I'm looking for ground cover for the island so I don't have to wade through the pond to maintain grass or other plants. 6574. Answer: That would be lovely. Does creeping thyme stay green in winter? Voted up and useful: I've been looking for some weed-choking ground cover, and here you supply the very ideas I need! May 23, 2014 - Explore J S's board "Creeping Thyme" on Pinterest. Copyright 2020 FindAnyAnswer All rights reserved. I hope i won't be doing much watering after the first year. Dragon's blood sedum looks good year-round. Every type mentioned here is flowering, although mazus and phlox have the showiest blooms. Our neighbor has a steep slope that is weeds. I am up tonight ordering the last few plants for this project (#3 above) because a good clearance is ending! I was thinking Vinca or a hardy Phlox as we need fast growing. 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? Thanks to your Backyard Gardener link, I determined that I'm in a zone 9 region. 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. SOMETHING has to fill in the dirt before the weeds come back. Both are good for the soil, reduce erosion, and have attractive blooms. The dripline is the area below the outer circumference of the tree branches. Question: Can you mix different ground covers together? I do not care it it is flowering or not. Best to you! The site which has recommendations for native plants you might like to use to naturalize that shady area of your property. Disparately seeking help! 'Tricolor' has green, pink, and white variegated leaves. 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. Do I need to remove grass before planting? Be the first to review this product. Jerzy Opioła via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0. I don’t want to mess with either of those natural habitats. I have an area in front of my deck that will occasionally hold water if we have a lot of rain. I was needing something like this. The 'Aurea' cultivar is an ideal ground cover for suppressing weeds. I plant them in one location, and five years later the patch is four feet away from where it began. 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