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Low growing plant for between flagstones.

UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
I have an area of Yorks stone flagstones and the area between them always fills up with weeds. I need something to plant that will not grow over the flags but will have some resilience to keep weeds at bay. Anybody have experience of this?
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    Creeping thyme is often used for this if the area is in full sun and the flags aren't set in naturally damp ground.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286
    Moss? :)
    I can't think of anything that will not to some extent spill over onto your flags.
    Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is often used and I have dwarf Greek oregano popping up in all sorts of cracks in my garden. Both will take a certain amount of foot traffic, and both smell nice too.

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  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
    Thanks Bob ... it is in full sun all the time .. but not had much of a success with thyme .. what is the botanical name of creeping thyme ??

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  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
    edited May 2020
    Thank you Pete .. both, I think, will be too tall height wise. 

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  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
    I have seen Baby Tears plants used Soleirolia soleirolii but need to know if anybody had experience of this and as I live in North of England needs to be hardy. Although having said that my garden is sheltered,
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286
    Creeping thyme is lovey, but it it does spread. Mine gets to 3-4"
    I planted one by my wildlife pond a couple of years ago
    Creeping Thyme Jekka - pink flowers


    The chamomile nobile only grows to about 2-3" I used to have it growing between paving stones around my fish pond.

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  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
    That looks lovely and I suppose because of it restrictions it shouldn't be invasive. Thanks a lot good suggestions x
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  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,831
    It would grow very slowly, but I recommend Scleranthus uniflorus.  We mostly grow it in pots, but it has self-seeded itself beside our flagstones.  It’s actually doing better there, rarely needs watering. 

    It’s easy to grow from seed.  Plantworld seeds.com is where I used to get mine from. 

  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
    Thanks Keen on Green ... that looks perfect for what I want ... will have a look online .
     Thanks for sharing the info x
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  • anniedtanniedt Posts: 85
    I planted Corsican mint last year. Not all of it was successful but the bits that took are really hardy and stand being walked on and having the flagstones cleaned with a high pressure hose.  I am putting some more in this year.  It is very small and does not spill out over the flagstones.
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