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perennials

Landscaping With Creeping Perennials

Benjamin Kilbride, Editorial Assistant at The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Spruce up your yard by planting some creeping perennials for beautiful spring color.

Why Plant Creeping Perennials?

Perennials are great for the garden and the gardener. They will last for a decade or more once established, help to conserve water by improving the soil structure through strong roots, and benefit native bees and other pollinators. Also, creeping perennials are an excellent ground cover and addition to stone walls, old stumps, and lawns and fields!

What to Plant

Here are a few recommendations for some perennials that need only a little care and maintenance.

Creeping Phlox

Grow creeping phlox in rocky or tough well-draining soil that receives partial to full sun for a carefree ground cover, great for those hard-to-cover spots in your yard. You can get creeping phlox in classic pink, white, bluish-purple, lavender, and red flowers.

Creeping Thyme

Also known as ‘Mother of Thyme,’ creeping thyme will do well in well-draining soil in light shade to full sun. It is used commonly as a replacement for traditional lawns as it doesn’t grow higher than 3 inches. Thyme also doesn’t require mowing and is loved by bees. Creeping thyme will bloom in spring to summer with small, pretty purple flowers.

Creeping Sedum

Creeping sedum grows well in rocky, well-draining soil with partial to full sun. It thrives on stone walls and around other rocky outcrops. Leaves come in many shapes and sizes, and blooms range from white to yellow.

Pleased Pollinators

Phlox, thyme, and sedum are flowering for most of the year. Phlox blooms in the spring, thyme in the spring and summer, and sedum for spring, summer, and fall! Planting one, two, or all three can benefit pollinators, such as native bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and so many others.

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