Thyme roots love the cool root run under the stones or pavers, and the tiny amount of moisture that will accumulate there. Good drainage is essential, both for the thyme and the patio.
If you're thinking of inviting these lovely garden plants into your landscaping with a thyme lawn, or draping over a stone wall, or mixed and mingled with paving stones to soften and blend and create a rich and lovely carpet, share it here.
Ron is a customer in Saskatchewan who has an on going project using real stone to build a patio and a walkway, and planting Elfin thyme amongst them.
Two seasons later, Ron's patio is starting to take on a more established look.
I'll let Ron tell you his story about this great thyme project.
This first picture is a close-up of a part I planted a year and a month ago (September 08) and it shows the amount of growth since (the pen is for scale). The pea gravel gets slowly removed as the plants spread….
Wider view above shows the full scope of the project!
Still looking for more ideas? Look on at some patio design ideas and see how to build a patio here. If you like courtyard landscaping or thyme lawns these pages might interest you. What's the hold up? Start on your xeric garden project now.
I'd love to hear about any of your projects using thyme - a thyme stool, lawn or a patio planted with thyme.
Thyme lawns or steps are drought resistant and tough enough for any environmental challenges.
It used to be that once in a while these kinds of plants would come to the fore, and successfully maneuver dry summers, but now it's obvious that these are the most suited to what is becoming the norm.
Seeing how beautiful these unique landscapes are and how well they perform in challenging conditions will encourage others to find unique plants to use in their own xeric garden.