Plant hardy, low-growing plants between the stones of a walkway to soften the look of the stones. Dave shows you how.
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Hi I'm Dave Epstein. Welcome to Growing Wisdom.
Today we’re going to talk about planting little plants that you can actually walk on in small spaces like this little path. I have a path around my pond and instead of letting the weeds grow in between the little bit of stone I’ve put there for the path, we’ll be planting some plants.
There are a lot of plants out there that you can use. Today I'm going to use a Anacyclus, and we’re also going to use some Thyme. And these two plants stay very low. They’re going to actually cover parts of the stone and that’s okay and people can walk on them.
Now, this is not meant for high traffic areas. It’s meant for an occasional walk across this path. So once a day—once every few days if you walk on it, it’s not going to hurt it. You don’t want to do this if this is a heavily traveled area; you will ruin the plants.
Very simple, the same way plant everything here at Growing Wisdom. Just take this out of the pot.
On any healthy plant that you buy at the store, you’re going to see a lot of roots around the base of the plant; you always want to tease those; what that basically means is you literally rip bottom ones apart and that’s going to give the plant a little more contact with some of those roots, so that when we put it in, it’ll grow a little bit faster.
When you’re planting in between the stones, you just want to dig an area for the plant; remove any large rocks; you just place this plant right in between the stones, just like that.
And you can see how this immediately softens the look of the stone. And there's always—you want to water things in, repeat this in the other areas where you have room the plant.
So I'm going to use the Anacyclus in front of the pond and I’ll use the Thyme going up the walkway. You could mix and match them; you could do clusters of each and disperse them. It’s really up to you whatever look you want; there’s really no way you can mess this up.
Notice I also have some other creeping plants already around there and hopefully those will meet together as well. And in just a few months, this entire area will have a lot of this plants spreading out across the stones and look really nice.
Just a little quick tip for you here at Growing Wisdom.