Garden Barefoot With These 5 Amazing Living Ground Covers
Guest written by - Kaitlynn from MIgardener
Imagine never having to cut the grass again. What if your lawn could double as an herb garden, or even a meadow of flowers made for frolicking?
With these five walkable ground covers, you can transform any outdoor space into a whimsical wonderland.
Corsican Mint - The smallest and cutest of the mint family is the perfect variety for planting between stepping stones because it grows rapidly and low to the ground. Corsican mint withstands some foot traffic, and gives off a beautiful peppermint aroma when bruised. Harvest and use in teas, baking, and any recipes calling for mint! This variety tastes as good as it smells.
Creeping Thyme - Depending on the variety, creeping thyme comes in many different aromas and flavors. From herbal to lemony, this species grows vigorously in any amount of sunlight or shade. Sometimes called elfin thyme, these flowering herbs will leave you awestruck by their beauty. Their ability to take over any space you allow them can create an enchanting atmosphere, a favorite in fairy gardens.
Snow in Summer - My personal favorite, this variety is grows vigorously and spreads wherever it is planted. By late spring you will understand this variety's namesake as a sheet of white blossoms bursts into full bloom. While out of season, this variety has lovely soft sage green leaves. Trim away faded blossoms to move on to the second phase of this variety.
Creeping Veronica - This variety is sturdy and will thrive in any well drained soil. This unique creeping variety grows under and inch high and withstands light foot traffic. The best part? These small violet flowers are deer resistant! Though wildlife might mosey around veronica, it won't be ruined by them. The strength of this variety makes it a favorite for rock gardens and planting between stepping stones. Plant around bulb flowers (tulips, crocus, etc.) to help them grow.
Scotch Moss - For a less-conventional choice, Scotch moss is beautiful in place of actual moss. To the surprise of many, scotch moss is part of the carnation family. Unlike moss, scotch moss thrives in full sun to partial shade, and doesn't require continuous moisture. This carnation grows in dense mats and barely reaches an inch in height. For part of the season, tiny white star shaped flowers will bloom. This variety is soft to step on, but shouldn't have continuous foot traffic.
There's nothing like a little inspiration to start you daydreaming about the future of your garden. What are your favorite ground covers? Out of these five, which would you most like to try?
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I would love to have some Corsican mint again. We moved and I haven’t been able to find any. It is a very manageable mint. It smells incredible.
I’ve not experienced any aggressive spreading with the Corsican mint. It works fabulously as a ground cover around my stepping stones.
Some of these are great but using mint as a ground cover is a BAD IDEA. Mint is extremely aggressive and hard to get rid of if it’s allowed to grow outside of a container. It will take over a garden and crowd out other plants, I learned this the hard way.
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