Ground Cover Between Stepping Stones

Ground Cover Between Stepping Stones

If you have some stepping stones in your garden, you may have difficulties to plant suitable ground cover plants to cover the ground. Most ground cover plants are easily maintained and can spread rapidly to suppress the growth of weeds. However, not all of those species are good options for the side of stone trail. Some evergreen species which have low height and the ability of resist a certain level of foot traffic should be your first choice.

Before choosing any ground cover species for the trail, you need to make some soil test beforehand to get the PH value of the soil. Most plants prefer slightly acidic soil types and full sunlight or partial shade. Greek Yarrow is type of low-lying evergreen plants which can be one of your candidates to be planted beside the stepping stones. It prefers full sunlight and can tolerate some unwelcomed soil types like clay soil. It needs very little maintenance during its growth and they can spread quickly.

It your home is located in cold zones, Turkish Speedwell is a good choice of low-lying plant which is suitable for the side of the stone trails in your backyard. It can spread tightly on the ground and the white flowers can add extra landscaping value for your spring garden. You can plant them under full sunlight and partial shade. You should leave adequate space between each plant, ideally 6-8 inches. Also, you can cultivate some herbs like thyme beside the stones as a ground cover. They can emit fragrance in spring and resist some level of foot traffic as well.

Image provided By Own Herby talk thyme (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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