Creeping Thyme or Irish Moss in Part Shade?

martybee_mo(z5MO)May 15, 2008

We're building a patio in an area that gets sun only part of the day - primarily in late morning til mid afternoon. Also, there is a large tree that shades a small portion of the area. We are laying pavers and I want a ground cover between the pavers and like both creeping thyme and irish moss. Which would work the best in that invironment?

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Either one would do, moss does better in shade then thyme but it can take shade as well, but does better in full sun.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 8:41AM
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Thanks for your input and for the link. Marty

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 4:22PM
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Irish moss, Sagina subulata, is not a moss at all - it just looks moss-like :-) And it prefers full sun and rich, moist soils. Personally, I don't think either are good choices for mostly shady areas. For partial shade areas, I'd consider Corsican sandwort (Arenaria balerica), Corsican mint (Mentha requienii), blue star creeper (Pratia/Isotoma), or baby tears (Soleirolia soleirolii).

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 7:49AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I have tried both Irish and Scotch moss in partial sun and it doesn't do well at all. As advised, it isn't really moss and it needs full sun.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 3:34PM
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