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In this article I have listed the best plants to plant around and fill the various gaps in pathways, concrete and patios in a garden. I have listed them in categories that take foot traffic into account.
As with most garden flowers, shrubs and plants, sun and shade are important considerations too.
Plants for paths and pathways with light foot traffic, for areas with heavy foot traffic and plants for gaps in a patio are listed below.
Planting plants in paths will brighten up the path with foliage colour and sometimes flowers and will also help suppress and keep weeds out. Best of all, some species like Thyme give of scent when crushed under foot.
As in the rest of your garden, select pathway plants for tolerance to full sun, shade and water and soil requirements, but above all else, foot traffic tolerance.
is an unusual evergreen plant that will tolerate part shade and damper conditions and does not mind being walked on. It's a native of New Zealand so you may have to do a bit of searching for this plant. Its ideal for paths and ground cover, only growing to about 2 inches high and forming a creeping weed-proof mat with foliage resembling tiny, delicate fern fronds. It makes great ground cover, minimising weeding, as it forms a tight carpet of green.
It is a creeper so will need blocking from areas around the path, you might need to stop it spreading too.
These pathway plants are great plants for planting alongside garden paths and between stepping-stones.
Whatever plants you are planting in cracks, concrete, gaps in paths, pathway edges or steps. The area will need to be prepared by removing weeds, digging out any hardcore used to build the base and breaking up the compacted topsoil. This can be done with a screwdriver or small scraper. If the soil is really poor you could add some compost from your heap or topsoil from another part of the garden.
If you are planting seeds, prepare the area in the normal way and keep the soil moist until they grow, then thin them out leaving only the strongest plants. Sowing seeds tips
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