Late last summer I laid the flagstone path that runs through my front entry flower garden. I want low plants to grow in between these stones, so I purchased two low sedums and some thyme, all Stepables. The thyme is now dormant… at least I hope that it’s dormant. The winter has been a tough one, running warm and then cold, and the temperatures have swung from the 50’s to below zero. Plants that can survive such extremes once established are more vulnerable if they’ve been placed into the garden in the fall. If I lose that thyme it will be my own fault for planting them in September.
But the Sedum, fall planted or not, have thrived and they look darn nice despite the fluctuating temperatures. The Sedum lydium, commonly called “mossy stonecrop” adds color to the winter garden because the foliage turns reddish in the cold. This sedum is grows very low to the ground and will be a bright green when warm weather returns.
In my last post I talked about finding “socks and shoes” for the plants in this garden, and I’m hoping that the three Stepables that I’ve already planted in the path will spread and become part of the garden’s footwear.