Short ground cover herb?

carlyroseanneJanuary 22, 2013

I'm planning on doing a front yard food garden that's both functional and beautiful. I'll have stepping stone pathways between beds and would like to grow some sort of ground cover to act as a "living grout".

Something edible and/or medicinal, short, can handle a bit of traffic. Any ideas?

Thanks ahead of time!

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    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 11:49PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Would Creeping Thyme grow in Hawaii? It's not a tropical plant.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:07PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Creeping thyme grows well in my sub-tropical los angeles garden, so it can handle heat, not sure about humidity.

Pennyroyal grows well in lawns and very fragrant, but is not edible. (insecticide, an abortificant) Some chamomile. Red clover is a great medicinal/edible. And don't forget dandelions! Maybe wood sorrel. Purslane is very nutritious. Not sure which of these might grow where you are.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 2:46AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I have an interest in this topic as well. We have hit a budget snag. We have over 1.4 acres, and it's not necessary to put edibles in the front yard because there are orchards and raised beds in back.

In front, we will have a line of dwarf citrus, creeping rosemary, Nasturtiums and Amaranthus, but the lawn area is the problem.

DH wants a putting green there. Artificial turf. Money stream going elsewhere, so that will need to wait. This is in the front, and easily viewed by passers-by, so I'm liking all of your suggestions. Do any of these have the ability to fill in a lawn size space? DH does NOT want to mow.

I forgot you can eat Dandelion Greens. Just Rounded-up quite a few of them. Shrug. More will come.... :-))


    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 5:29PM
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I plant a rosemary that lies down near the ground, but I do not know the name.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 8:16AM
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t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

golden purslane! I can't wait to get mine going this year. Likes hot weather, and very ornamental compared to the weedy kind.

I'm not sure of it's life cycle outside of the 4 seasons world.

I got my seeds for this at pleasant valley farm I think.


    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 3:48PM
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t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

leaves can go in salad, but we prefer them in stirfry, stems too. Very nutritious

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 3:49PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

My thyme grows fine with humidity in zone 8b.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 7:00PM
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Edible ground covers we've been looking at for a zone 7b garden:

Corsican mint, prostrate rosemary, creeping thyme, golden creeping oregano, Lingon berries, sweet woodruff, wintergreen, nodding onion, bunchberries.

list of sources:

Richter's, victoryseeds dot com, mountain valley growers, Raintree nrseries, tiny seeds dot com, darcy from the forest dot com. Haven't verified the reputations. Buyer beware, caveat emptor, your mileage may differ, batteries not included, no warrantee expressed or implied.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 11:10AM
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Brad Edwards

Mint if you can confine and control it though its often invasive there are a lot of varities, some that grow slower than others.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 7:00PM
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bobbi c.

I've used oregano very successfully in my yard/garden here in central TX. I'm about to plant a LOT more of it, too.

    Bookmark   11 hours ago
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