low groundcover for between stepping stones??

spmimi(z6 (nyc))April 18, 2005

i love mazus reptans, but i would like to pick something native. here are my conditions, i hope you might have some suggestions!!

- northeast (new york)

- part shade (about 3-4 hours morning sun)

- average moisture

i want something that will spread between the stones but not too aggressively. bloom color doesn't matter. i prefer summer blooms but other times are fine as well as long as it keeps a nice foliage.

thanks!! (this is cross-posted from native forum)

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Kathy46(Z6 Pa)

Take a look at Ajuga (carpet bugle). There are several varieties and seem to do well almost anywhere.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2005 at 1:13PM
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I just planted Mentha Requienii around some stepping stones - a very low growing mint that doesn't seem too invasive. Its maybe a half inch tall and has leaves even smaller than Baby's Tears. Has lavender flowers in summer. The root system is not much bigger than the plant above ground so it pulls up easily. But I like Ajuga very much - what a trouble free plant. The bronze and purple leaved varieties really set off the colors of the plants above them. Other people I know grow various thymes and they are beautiful. I also like some of the smaller sedums but they aren't going to take foot traffic.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2005 at 6:33AM
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I use moss. Spreads nicely and sets off stone color and texture.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2005 at 6:07AM
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I used astilbe little sprite..also irish moss and woods violets

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 9:48PM
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