Planting the Patio!










When we purchased our home last year we inherited a few interesting landscaping characteristics, and I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned a couple of them before.  I would love to “take care” of these characteristics, but neither time nor my wallet allows for that yet, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the look of my interesting landscape.  My current project is the concrete block patio that adorns the rear of my house.  Now keep in mind I live in Syracuse, New York right in the middle of the Snow Belt, so the idea that concrete pavers were used as a patio is a bit perplexing for many obvious reasons.

So I’ve been doing some research on tough round cover to fill in the open spaces, cover the weathered blocks, but also preserve a nice antiqued feel (like the image above).  I first considered the environment; amount of shade/sunlight, amount of traffic, amount of rain received, soil conditions (it’s a patio so soil is pretty “stony”), etc…When I was done with this I research ground covers in general and came up with the following 4 favorites…

Creeping Thyme





Carpet Bugleweed





Creeping Jenny





Dead Nettle




So now all I have to do is figure out which one I want to take over the patio.  I’m leaning towards the creeping thyme, mostly because that’s what my wife likes the most and ultimately she will make the decision.  I’ll try to post pictures mid-summer to show what I went with.  If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

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