Wednesday, April 6, 2016


This collection is a living tapestry of ground-hugging herbs in shades of green, gold, white and silver with a succession of blooms from pink and red to lilac and white and with a natural perfume that can stir up warm memories, invigorate the senses and soothe the soul.  Include some of these around your patio, in walkways, rock gardens and stone walls or as an alternative to lawns to blend all the elements of your garden together and provide a living mulch:

Catmint (Nepeta X faassenii) – aromatic, compact with purple flower spikes

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) - an apple-like scented perennial with daisy-like flowers especially great for lawns

Creeping Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys var. compactum) – deep green semi-evergreen foliage and lavender flowers that prefer a sunny spot in the yard

Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum) – creeping heart-shaped leaves for shady locations

Houseleeks (Hens & Chicks) - unique rosettes that add interest in rock gardens and stone walls

Creeping Golden Marjoram (Origanum vulgare aureum) - bright color and spreading habit forms a great accent

Corsican Mint (Mentha requienii) - ground hugging, fast spreading and a wonderful sage/minty scent between pavers or stepping stones.

Compact Oregano (Origanum vulgare humile) - dwarf version of the familiar garden variety

Prostrate Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’) - green drought tolerant branches drape attractively over the edges of garden walls, raised beds and containers with robust pine scent

Creeping Thymes (Thymus serpyllum) - most versatile of fragrant herbs which releases scent when walked on

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) – nice spring display with sweet scented flowers in shady areas

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) – dense mats of whorled leaves best for shady locations which smell of freshly mown hay when crushed

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) – small glossy evergreen leaves with red berries for moist shady areas

Wooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) – soft grey foliage growing tight to the ground that spills nicely over walls and stones

Wooly Yarrow (Achillea tomentosa) – fine, fern-like evergreen foliage with yellow flowers

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters
Psalm 24:1-2

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