It’s Valentine’s Day. I’m supposed to write of love, passion, romance – instead, I thought I’d cover groundcovers!
My Mother-in-law is a passionate groundcover gardener. Her backyard is a living tapestry of color, texture, bloom and detail every bit as intricate and fascinating as the needlework projects she creates. Blue, green, rose, gold, grey, pink and coral growth laps and carpets every inch of soil to form a beautiful garden composition as well as a durable blanket to keep out weeds; I might add that bees, butterflies and other pollinators are pretty pleased with the results as well.
This is only a partial list of the many plants that carpet her USDA zone 6 garden in Eastern Washington:
- Hardy ice plant – Delosperma cooperi
- Stonecrop – Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet’
- Stonecrop – Sedum confusum
- Stonecrop – Sedum makinoi
- Stonecrop – Sedum oreganum
- Stonecrop – Sedum repestre ‘Angelina’
- Stonecrop – Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’
- Lamb’s ears – Stachys byzantina
- Lemon thyme – Thymus citriodorus
- Creeping thyme – Thymus doerfleri ‘Bressingham’
- Woolly thyme – Thymus lanuginosus
- Mother of thyme – Thymus serpyllum ‘Coccineus’
- French thyme - Thymus vulgaris
But this garden story is not without ardor. This is a photo of the world’s most romantic rocks. 50 of them, lovingly picked out by my Father-in-law and presented to commemorate each year of their marraige. Who says the only rock a girl wants is a diamond!