The diversity in plant forms, from towering redwoods to creeping thyme
, is a visible sign of these strategies, but Navlakha wondered if there was some unseen organizing principle at work.
Woolly thyme and creeping thyme
, which grow only 2 inches tall, thrive in dry, sunny spots and are perfect for use as a ground cover or in rock gardens.
Ground cover layer: may be edible creeping plants such as creeping thyme
, strawberries, wild edibles.
In sunnier spots, try some creeping thyme
, which will be covered in purple flowers in May, is evergreen and will always emit a delicious fragrance when trodden underfoot.
Soften rock walls by planting creeping thyme
, nasturtium, and sedum in spaces between the stones.
is a fast-growing groundcover that gives off a spicy scent.
Fill gaps in corners and against walls with small plants such as creeping thyme
, primroses and spring flowering bulbs.
At the moment, a large purple mass of creeping thyme
, Thymus pseudolanuginosus 'Hall's Variety' is covered in bumble bees and painted lady butterflies.
Placing pavers directly into the green roof medium and planting the small gaps between them with creeping thyme
or scotch moss captures the runoff and brings green advantages directly to the paved areas.
The grounds, encircled by towering palms and lush with bougainvillea, lavender, salvia, creeping thyme
, rosemary and lantana, are seductively lit.
Perennial/Biennial Plants: Rosemary, Rhubarb, Creeping Thyme
, Sage, Asparagus, Sun-chokes, Chives
If you are more adventurous, chamomile or creeping thyme
can be used as ground cover for pathways.