Have Moss on Stone Path-What Companion Plant Can I Use As Edging?

MidnightStormJanuary 2, 2006

I am building a field stone path in my shade backyard here in Wilmington, North Carolina. I am transplanting existing moss from other parts of my yard to use between the cracks of the stones. I believe the moss I have might be fern moss.

The path is starting to look very nice but I'm wondering what kind of plant options I have for edging along the outer sides of the path. I live in a warm, humid area and have a dappled shade in my yard.

Does anyone have any ideas for low-growing or dwarf plants that might do well growing near moss? I need something that will do well in the damp and shady conditions of my yard and not be prone to mildew.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I appreciate any feedback you can give me.


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waplummer(Z5 NY)

I am using wild strawberry, labrador violets, false strawberry and foamflower growing between some flagstones leading off the patio. On another path I use Green-and-Gold between stones.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 4:41PM
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A petite fern like ebony spleenwort would be attractive and the moss would help it to propagate more easily. Mouse eared coreopsis is a low growing plant as well as the ones that Waplummer mentioned. Alum root (heuchera or coral bells) in addition to the foam flower (tiarella sp.) would be nice.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 6:32AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

Oakfern is the stuff to use around here, it grows very well with moss and you end up with a twoteared ground cover, very attractive IMO

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 2:39AM
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