Filling in the Spaces: Part 2

moss phloxCreeping Phlox/ Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata): Vigorous mat-forming 6” high plant that rambles through rocks and drapes over rock walls. Dense ground cover excellent for controlling erosion on slopes.  Note: Not for pathways, it does not tolerate foot traffic.  Perennial,  Full sun,  Flowers can be white, rose, hot pink or magenta, Deer Resistant. USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.

Hen _ChicksHens-and-chicks (Sempervivum)
Ground-hugging, cold hardy, sun loving, drought tolerant succulent.  Leaves form in rosette shapes, propagate by offsets (chicks). With 3,000 cultivars available leaf colors range from shades of green, to silver-blues,  to dark purple, and delicate pink. Use in rock gardens, containers or areas you want to “fill-in”.  Perennial,  Full sun to Part Sun,  Likes Sandy/ Gritty Soil,  Drought Tolerant, Deer proof. Groundcover. USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 10.

Irish moss Sagina_subulataIrish Moss/Corsican Pearl Wort (Sagina subulata)
Handsome lush low-growing green moss that forms a carpet-like foliage 1″ tall. Tiny translucent star-shaped white flowers. Irish Moss is prefect for rock gardens, between stone or paver pathways. Perennial,  Evergreen, Full or Part Shade,  Needs Water & Well-Draining Soil, White Flowers, Deer Proof, Groundcover. USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 10.

Article by Carlotta Lucas

Filling in the Spaces

The small spaces between rocks, and stone pathways are tough area to grow anything except weeds, but here are a few plants that thrive between the cracks and crevices.

Thymus serpyllumCreeping Thyme  (Thymus serpyllum):  Excellent for pathways,  grows flat and tolerates foot traffic.  Likes well-drained soil.  Soft fuzzy Appearance. Herbaceous Perennial, Fragrant, Pink flower, Sun/Part Shade, Deer Proof, Attracts Bees. USDA Hardiness Zones  4 to 9.

 

Wooly thymeWooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus): Durable plant perfect for filling in between stepping stones, or rock gardens. Soft foliage creates a low, lush mat with pink flowers.  Herbaceous Perennial, Attracts Butterflies & Bees,  Sun/Part Shade,  Drought Tolerant/ Water Wise Groundcover, Deer Proof.  USDA Hardiness Zones  5 to 8.

Blue Star Creeper.jpgBlue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis):  A wonderful creeping perennial for filling in. Use between stepping stones, under shrubs, in rockery, around ponds.  Tiny green leaves form a dense, low mat ½ inches high.  Produces tiny light blue star-shaped flowers which cover the plant late spring into fall.  Perennial, Evergreen, Full Sun/Part Shade,  Tolerates Foot Traffic, Like Moisture, Deer Proof.  USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.

Dappled Japanese Willow

Plant Name: Salix Integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’Salix integra Hakuro nishiki
Common Name: Dappled Japanese Willow
Plant type:  Deciduous shrub
Height:  4-6 ft
Spread:  5-7 ft
Bloom Time:   March- April
Flower Color:   Yellow with small catkins (insignificant)
Exposure: Full Sun (with afternoon shade) – Part Shade
Soil Requirements:  Fertile well-drained
Water Needs: Medium to Wet
Attributes:   Colorful Variegated Leaves which are pink in the spring, then mature to variegated shades of pink, creamy white & green, Fall Color of yellow leaves

Uses: Hedge, Shrub Borders,  Stream or Pond Edges, Rain Garden, Wet areas, Erosion control, Winter Interest with gray/green bark
Note:  Tolerates Black Walnut, Tolerates wet areas
Native to: China, Japan, Korea & southeastern Siberia
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Horticulture Report: Allium Moly

Plant Name: Allium Moly (Yellow ornamental onion)

Allium Molly (2)

Allium Moly: ‘Jeannine’

Common Name: Lilly Leek or Golden Garlic
Plant type: Perennial bulb
Height:  18 inches
Spread:   6-9 inches
Bloom Time:   May – June
Flower Color:  Golden Yellow  2-3 inches
Exposure: Morning Sun, Afternoon Shade
Soil Requirements: Average well-drained soil
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes: Showy Flowers, Attracts Butterflies, Fragrant Leaf
Note:  Tolerates Black Walnut, Deer & Rabbit Resistant
Uses: Naturalize, Mixed flower beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Native to: Southern and Southeastern Europe (Mediterranean)
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Horticulture Report: Nigella damascena

Nigella (5)Plant Name: Nigella damascena
Common Name: Love-in-a- Mist
Plant type: Annual Flower
Height: 1.5-2.5 ft
Spread:   1-1.5 ft
Bloom Time:  May-August
Flower Color:  Blue with cultivars available in White, Purple, Pink, Rose
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Average well-drained soil
Water Needs: Medium, but constant water
Attributes: Showy Flowers, Attractive egg-shaped Seed Pods, Self-seeds, Lacy Leaves,
Note: Flowers best in cooler locations, Flowers may decline in hot temperatures
Uses: Cut Flower Garden, Containers, Mixed Beds, Borders, Cottage Garden, Pollinator Garden
Native to: Southern Europe, northern Africa
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11