I had intended to use some type of creeping thyme. But it has been a little hard to locate (itself a warning sign), and I simply don't find it recommended by area gardeners. English thyme, grown as a herb, yes, but the Thymus serpyllum varieties for use as a thyme lawn, no.
The obvious alternative, and the solution most frequently used here for any purpose, is to fill in with gravel or rock. But with two acres worth of mostly-bare dirt, I did want a patch of green underfoot in the garden.
So I have finally decided to try a plant whose reputation varies from well-behaved to take-over. In favor of the chances of it remaining a tame plant, it will receive minimal watering -- another priority which determined my choice as I don't care to spend a lot of water on the paths. It is stem-rooting in moist soil, which may cause difficulties once it reaches the borders. However, if it begins to invade them, I shall simply have to pull it out! I am growing very tired of weedy dirt patches to walk along!
I planted just one to give it a try. After a few weeks of looking a bit sorry for itself, it seemed to take hold and has begun to fill out into a low clump. Here it is...
|Please pardon the low light on these photos!|
It has small leaves of a nice, quiet shade of green and a very low-growing, compact habit -- at least so far!