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– Natural paths / walkways, stairs, driveways, borders etc. with wood, stone, river rock, gravel, cob, ash/clay-cement & more.
– Green paths, ground-cover & borders – As an alternative to wood chips or rock mulch, edible, medicinal and/or flowering ground-cover that is hardy enough to walk on can also be used.
– Natural fences – traditional or rustic fencing, living fences (bamboo, cacti, moringa tree, etc.)
– Retainer walls, sleeper walls, trellises and any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as wood, stone, concrete etc.
– Custom blended mulches with hardwood wood-chips and/or compost or rock / gravel / river stone
Natural stone / river rock
Option #1A – Small to medium river rocks semi-entrenched ($3 / sq ft delivered and installed)
Option #1B – Medium river rocks stacked loosely ($3 / sq ft delivered and installed)
Option #1C – Large river rocks placed artistically ($4 / sq ft delivered and installed)
Option #1D – Large and medium river rocks placed and stacked artistically ($5 / sq ft delivered and installed)
Green paths, borders & ground cover
Durable flowering & medicinal plants and even some culinary herbs are hardy enough to walk on. Combined with stepping stones or all by themselves, these herbaceous ground-covers make great paths or borders while providing an array of color, texture and intoxicating aromas for you to enjoy as you walk around. They won’t tolerate the same amount of foot traffic as grass, but will most certainly entertain a daily stroll or walk about or two.
Mint, creeping thyme & rosemary, oregano and other herbs (namely in the mint-family) all play parts in the landscape. Some prefer shade and moisture, others tolerate drought.
Mint prefers shade and moisture and and can spread rapidly, which can be both a blessing (to quickly cover larger areas) and a curse (it may invade other growing beds). There are a variety of different flavors of mint, from peppermint to spearmint to chocolate or pineapple mint, which can all be used as a culinary herb or for tea.
Also staple culinary herbs, Creeping thyme and creeping rosemary make excellent edible ground covers that can also stand light foot traffic and prefer full sun and tolerate dry periods. Many varieties have more of an upright growth habitat, but the low-growing “creeping” varieties are excellent for ground cover and paths. Due to their quick spreading growth habit, the above plants including mint should not be used for borders.
Another popular culinary herb that can be used as an edible ground cover is oregano, which is also in the mint family, and sometimes known as wild marjoram. Therefore, it grows and spreads like mint, just more slowly. Oregano is fairly drought-tolerant, prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and is one of those plants that really dislikes staying too moist. The plant responds well to being pinched back by retaining a lower and bushier habit, and can be harvested quite often for its fragrant leaves (which can also be dried for a stronger flavor or for storage). Oregano, which is available in a variety of different flavors, can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or division.
The berries produced by alpine strawberries are incredibly fragrant and flavorful, but because they are also quite small, aren’t a great fruit crop on their own (you’ll need to grow standard strawberries to get enough fruit to make a meal). However, because most of the alpine varieties don’t send out runners, as other strawberries do, they can be used in areas where you don’t want them to spread, and their low-growing habit makes them a great addition to borders and edge plantings. Alpine strawberries can be grown from seed, or by dividing an established clump into two or more pieces.
Sweet potatoes make an attractive ground cover and by fall produce an abundance of edible tubers.
Parsley is an attractive edible ground cover that compliments other annuals flowers and attracts swallowtail butterflies to the garden.