It can be challenging to classify the correct groundcover for a specific area in your garden. Some plants require sun while others flourish in the shade. Have you ever thought about using culinary herbs for groundcover? Not only can you fill-up the vacant space, but you can also use them to compliment your dishes when preparing meals. Herbs offer great texture and variety to your garden as opposed to other regular groundcovers. For instance, trailing rosemary is an excellent prevention tool against erosion. You can plant them near a retaining wall or on a bank to keep the soil in place. Groundcover herbs are perfect to use on a walkway or between stones. When stepping on them, they discharge an aromatic fragrance.
Some Considerations To Think About Before Making Your Selection:
- Are you going to replace your entire lawn with herb groundcover?
- Will, you be utilizing it just to fill-in in certain areas?
- Is the groundcover serving a purpose of admiration, or will you be walking over it?
- Do you have a shady or sunny space?
Here are a few great herb choices to use in the garden.
- Thyme requires full sun.
- Height is two-three inches.
- Some varieties can be used for foot traffic.
- The lavender flowers bloom in mid-spring.
There are about three-hundred thyme species to choose from in the garden store, but one that really stands out as groundcover, is the creeping thyme (Thymus praecox Coccineus) or wild thyme, also referred to as the mother of thyme. You can find more articles about groundcover herbs at Trotting Through Time. Creeping thyme is principally used in rock gardens as an ornamental groundcover, between pavers or in herb gardens for border edging.
- Creeping Rosemary flourish in the sun
- Height is twelve to twenty-four inches.
- It is tough enough to withstand foot traffic but is too tall for utilizing as a practical choice on pathways.
- The blooms are lavender or white flowers.
Creeping, prostrate or trailing Rosemary (Rosmarinus prostrates) has a satisfying and distinctive aroma. The plant has a deep root system and grows well on sunny slopes or banks. This culinary herb is used as a seasoning for poultry, potato and meat dishes, but generally, it is not as well liked as the upright form, which has a more intense taste and is less bitter.
- Requires partial to full shade.
- Height is six inches.
- It can tolerate some foot traffic but is not a recommended choice.
- The flowers are white with a hint of pink, and it blooms during late spring throughout summer.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is an excellent choice if you are looking to create a forest-like appearance. It does not fare well in heat and humid weather conditions. The leaves of the wintergreen herb have a minty aroma and are commonly used in pain-combatting tea. The oil extract from the leaves is commercially used for flavoring hard candy or gum. Wintergreen essential oil is not recommended for cooking. The berries are a tasty addition to ice cream.