Saturday, February 20, 2016

Creeping Thyme and Edge Effect

The edge of paths, edging to beds, and brick foundations are preferred by several plants, especially trees and shrubs with strong roots, but also all kinds of weeds. I've learned this as I've been working, lifting the path, excavating the old greenhouse foundations, and digging out the fruit bushes. I'm thinking of pre-empting this tendency with Thymus serpyllum, planted around the edges of all the paths, between the slabs and the bricks. It's a good bee plant, can cope with a being stood on, and should be able to take care of itself vis-a-vis the weeds. I recall a gardening programme on TV or the wireless doing a wee trial to find the best plant for a non-grass lawn, and creeping thyme won it hands down over lawn chamomile.