I absolutely love to use crevice plants in my landscape designs! They add softness and old world charm to stone or brick retaining walls, walkways and patios. Some other benefits of crevice plants are: crowding out unwanted weeds, select varieties are drought tolerate, some may flower and most are evergreen. What’s not to love!
In the memory garden above, creeping sedum (there are hundreds of varieties) was planted in between bluestones for a softer feel. Because the remembrance garden is in an open location, weed seeds freely fly into the garden. Creeping sedum acts as a mortar, crowding out potential weeds. It isn’t 100% guaranteed, but the results are beautiful. A pre-emergent herbicide can also be applied to areas where crevice plants grow, ensuring minimal weed growth.
The plant below is called Mazus, sounds like a greek god. This is an EXTREMELY dense plant and feels so good walking on. I use this plant wherever I can because of its wonderful properties.
In the french inspired garden I designed below, Mazus is used on both sides of the antique chair. This plant is better suited for larger spaces between stone because it spreads to 2′. Plant Mazus around your steppers that are spaced 6″ apart and you will have a very dense cushion to land on if your foot slips off.
Mazus is also great around ponds to plant in stone crevices creating a more natural look. This small plant likes a little moisture and shade from afternoon sun
Another crevice plant I use is Creeping Thyme. Many varieties are available and come in different growing habits. Cascading, creepers or clumps. Below, thyme is used to soften a stone retaining wall in a front landscape bed. Thyme is a great plant for full sun, drought and it’s evergreen
Enjoy your little crevice plants within your landscapes because they are treasures.
Diana Gardner-Williams www.greensborogardens.wordpress.com
Landscape Design and Installation