Ground cover plants

Question ...

I would like to plant some ground cover plants into a sandy substrate underneath some open steps I am building. Can you recommend anything, preferably evergreen and with flowers. There is some ivy-leaved toadflax in the vicinity, which is doing quite well. Do you think I could use some of that?

Answer ...

Ivy leaved toadflax may work, although it usually grows in walls. How about thyme? There are many different types, the creeping ones will provide better cover. Thymes give off a scent when crushed, are evergreen, love poor well drained soil (sand) and attract bees when in flower. You can grow thyme from seed, or it is very easy to propagate from cuttings if you only want a few plants.

Organic thyme seed is available from The Organic Gardening Catalogue.

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