Monday, June 8, 2009

No Water, No Pesticides, Plenty of Color

All of these paths and gardens are full of late spring color, and provide a weed free, chemical free way to fill the areas. They all are a low/no water solution to the question "what should I plant between my flagstones?"

Woolly Thyme, Crystal River Veronica (Veronica Reavis), Pink Chintz Thyme, Yellow Ice Plant (Delosperma nubigenum), Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata), and other species of Thyme provide lots of color with very little work.

The Pink Chintz Thyme above is only in its second growing season, and has filled in beautifully. No weeds here. The bees are busy pollinating already, and there are flowers by the thousands. The bright colors of the flowers blend nicely with the gray green of the woolly thyme next to it and the flagstone it lies on.

The Veronica "Crystal River" likes it here a bit too much - after flowering it should probably get trimmed back a bit so that the path is more accessible. The flagstones in that area are about 2 to 2 1/2 feet wide, so I guess it is time for a haircut.

Looking up at the path and gardens that wind around the house, it is easy to see that waterwise plants are not only beautiful, drought resistant, and low maintenance but also stunning in combination. Best of all they are deer resistant, bug resistant and rabbit resistant. What more could you ask for? The ice plant to the left looks far better than any lawn, and the flagstone with the thyme invites you to explore the rest of the gardens.
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