Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thymus pseudolanguinosus....pretend you're very small, and standing on the road looking up the 6" cliff of the curb

I know I've mentioned before how much I like the plantings in the circle in front of the USNA Administration Building. It's a great site in full sun, with good drainage (because the soil is mounded). The black surface of the road absorbs plenty of heat; those Mediterranean plants love their heat. The blue flowers in the background are, of course, Perovskia or Russian Sage.

Wooly Thyme is a great prostrate groundcover for sunny well-drained areas. Period. Sometimes you need a groundcover that's willing to step back and allow the specimen plant or plants to be the focus of an area. There are lot of 6", 8", 10" groundcovers but often their growth is just irregular enough to distract visual focus downward away from the headliners. Prostrate Cotoneasters, larger Thymes, most of the prostrate Junipers. Another issue with many of these plants is their tendency to grow on top of themselves and so eventually become shells of foliage perched on ugly accumulated leafless stems. Junipers are notorious in this regard.

Wooly Thyme is content to lay low and play second fiddle.

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