Plants for between pavers

Too often pathway gaps are neglected and become a home for weeds. But where some may see awkward spaces between stepping stones, I see potential. Plants between pavers can soften hard lines, adding a lush, living element to a design.

It’s relatively simple to fill the cracks between pavers with creeping plants that will stay low, won’t mind being squashed a bit, and may even be fragrant. Ground cover can triumph over weeds, too. Read on for everything you need to know:

How do you choose a ground cover to grow between pavers?

Above: White blooming Isotoma grows in a pathway, framing pavers with texture and color in a California garden designed by Elizabeth Everdell. Photograph courtesy of Everdell Garden Design.

As a landscaper, I routinely feel like a boss on the plant employee search, hunting for highly qualified plant candidates for the position of ground cover. Listed below is my required criteria:

Height: A plant should be low growing, raging in height from basically flat to 2 inches tall. Anything taller could be trip pedestrians and make the pavers look as if they are sinking, even drowning. Rule of thumb: the larger the scale of the pavers, the taller the filler plants can be.

Foliage: The ground cover should be vigorous (but not invasive) and dense like a carpet to smother competing weeds and cooperatively traverse the spaces for continuity.

Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. Cotula leptinella ‘Platt’s Black’ (dollhouse fern) grows densely and has a shallow root system, which makes it ideally suited to creeping between stones to fill cracks. See more of this garden in our Gardenista book.

Hardiness: A plant that grows between pavers should be tough and durable to withstand occasional trampling by foot or paw.

No-Fuss: Ground cover plants for pavers must require as little maintenance as possible. A total given.

Design: The ground cover needs to meet the design needs of foliage color, texture, and form. The choice also should complement the colors and textures of the pathway material rather than compete with it, and be congruent with the current landscape theme.

What are the best plants to grow between pavers?

The options below are by no means the only ones, just some of the popular ones, and you have different options depending on whether your path basks in sun or hides in shade.

Above: Different varieties of thyme such as ‘Minimus Russetings’ and ‘Purple Carpet’ soften the pavers in this Brooklyn rooftop garden. Photography by Marni Majorelle. For more, see Brooklyn Oasis: A City Roof Garden, Before & After.

Full Sun:

  • Creeping thyme (Thymus spp): Considered one of the finest ground covers for filling in between flagstones. It meets all of the criteria of a good plant employee. This petite herb comes in many varieties, all with tiny, rounded fragrant leaves in shades of dark green, lime green, and even yellow with a white edging. Elfin or woolly thyme are especially good varieties that will grow in difficult soils, stay flat and are frighteningly easy to grow.
  • Dymondia (Dymondia margaretae) is a good alternative. Its phenomenally flat, tidy appearance bears slender leaves that are green on top and gray underneath. A slight upward curl on each leaf edge provides a frosted, two-tone look and it occasionally bears small yellow daisy flowers.

Above: Dymondia softens the edges of the natural stone paver. Photograph by Kier Holmes.

Part Sun:

These creepers are content with coastal full sun to partial shade. Inland, all prefer some protection from the hot, mid-day sun.

  • Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a fluffy perennial with a meadowy appearance. Its small, white daisy flowers rise above soft, apple-green, ferny leaves. Downside: this plant requires moderate water and a trim after flowering.
  • Jewel mint of Corsica (Mentha requienii) also requires regular water. It forms a low mat of miniature green leaves that resemble moss, and if you walk on them they will release minty wafts reminiscent of toothpaste.

In the Garden

Creeping thyme

Gaps between stepping stones can be among the most awkward spaces in the garden. The same goes for those narrow channels of dirt between loosely set flagstones or large pavers that compose rustic patios.

Too often, the gaps are neglected and a catchall for weeds. But it’s just as easy to fill the cracks with creeping plants. These little guys will travel the gaps, don’t mind being stepped on and may even smell good in the process. They can also choke out weeds for good.

Full Sun

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum or Thymus praecox) is a perfect fit for hot, sunny paths in Central Coast gardens. The petite perennial herb comes in many variations, all of which bear tiny, rounded fragrant leaves in shades of dark green, lime green, and even gold with a white edging. Creeping thyme is tough. It will grow in difficult soils, from sandy to heavy clay, and it tolerates inconsistent watering.

Elfin thyme on the right is flat as a pancake, compared with mother-of-thyme on the left.

A dwarf version is Elfin thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’), which bears leaves so small that one is hardly discernable from the next. Elfin’s foliage and occasional lavender flowers stay phenomenally flat.

That’s something to be aware of, with the various thymes. While most varieties form low-growing mats, some, such as Victor Reiter, bear summertime flower spikes that grow tall enough to stub toes. The taller spikes are pretty along the edges of paths or patios, but pose tripping hazards when planted in the midst of foot traffic.

Dymondia, flanked by gold coin and Silver Dragon grass.

Also, thyme’s rosy pink and lavender flowers attract honeybees. While that’s great for enhancing pollination in your garden, you might not want to plant it in within a primary patio or pathway next to your front door.

Dymondia (Dymondia margaretae) is a good alternative. It is extremely flat, and bears slender, oval leaves that are green on top and gray underneath. A slight upward curl on the edges of each leaf provides a frosted, two-tone look.

Dymondia occasionally bears tiny, flat yellow daisy flowers. But its best attributes are its tidy appearance, uniform height and low watering needs.

Sun or Some Shade

These creepers are content with full sun to partial shade along the coast. Inland, all prefer some protection from the hot, mid-day sun.

Many of the flattest stonecrops (Sedum) form prostrate mats of succulent stems, and will cooperatively traverse the gaps between stones.

Goldmoss sedum (Sedum acre) is a dainty succulent perennial that bears lime-green leaves and yellow, springtime flowers. Its trailing stems send out new roots as it ventures out. Pinch it back if it attempts to bust loose. Dragon’s Blood sedum (Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’) trails as well, with small, succulent leaves that are a dark, purple-red.

Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a fluffy, moderate-water perennial that presents a meadowy appearance. Its dime-sized, white and yellow daisy flowers rise above apple-green, ferny leaves that are soft to walk on. It’s reasonably fragrant, although the more intensely aromatic chamomile tea is made from the flowers of Matricaria recutita, an annual species that reaches 2 feet tall.

Pink cranesbill

Cranesbill (Erodium reichardii) grows in low, tidy clumps of dark-green, heart-shaped, overlapping leaves. Its cup-shaped flowers bloom in pink or white most of the year.

In clay soil, cranesbill starts to decline after a few years. In loam or sandy soil, it is much longer lived. Cranesbill requires regular water and is fine with overhead irrigation.

Jewel mint of Corsica (Mentha requienii) also requires regular water. It forms an inch-high mat of miniature green leaves that look like moss, yet are highly aromatic. Think toothpaste or ice cream when you step on it.

A number of other sun-to-shade creepers, including dichondra, green carpet, blue star creeper, Irish moss and baby’s tears, are far thirstier. While they tolerate full sun along the coast, they won’t dry out as fast in filtered shade.


Dichondra (Dichondra micrantha) bears lime-green leaves that look like a string of dainty lily pads. It was a popular lawn “grass” in the 1960s and 70s. But vast expanses require a huge investment in water, fertilizer and care.

Instead, it is better suited to slipping between stepping stones or edging a pond. Keep it barely wet enough to grow well and stay low. With too much water or fertilizer, it can become invasive.

Green carpet (Herniaria glabra) forms a fluffy, spring-green mass literally smothered in tiny leaves. It spreads via trailing stems as well, but it’s not difficult to control. Green carpet rarely blooms — and when it does, the flowers are so small that they’re easy to miss. Instead, it provides a punch of color in winter, when its leaves turn dark red with colder temperatures.

Blue star creeper

Blue star creeper (Pratia pedunculata, Isotoma or Laurentia) bears starry, pale-blue flowers atop a bed of very flat, light-green leaves. It blooms most heavily from spring through summer, with flowers appearing occasionally during the rest of the year.

Irish moss (Sagina subulata) is not a moss, technically speaking. But it sure looks like one, forming a dense carpet of miniature, velvety leaves.

It’s often sold in flats. Use kitchen scissors to cut it into strips or irregular shapes that you might need to fill between your stepping stones.


In full shade, Corsican sandwort (Arenaria balearica) forms a dense mat of slender, green leaves. Masses of simple, wildflower-like white flowers bloom from spring through summer. This sandwort grows best where the soil stays damp but not boggy. Good drainage is key.

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) bears larger leaves than many creepers. Its fragrant leaves are also more distinct, appearing evenly spaced around square stems to form circular tiers of foliage. Small, white flowers bloom from late spring through the end of summer, then go to seed. An army of volunteers may follow. Pluck them early, to prevent them from spreading everywhere.

Planting Tips

Irish moss

Tiny, new plants tucked between stepping stones face challenges that plants romping through the garden don’t.

First, the little ones need room — and soil — to grow.

Stepping stones or loose flagstone patios are often set on compacted soil, compacted base or several inches of sand.

You’ll need to make sure there’s enough loose, fertile soil between the stones, preferably at least half a foot deep, for roots to grow.

Also, the gaps between the stones should be at least a few inches wide.

A dymondia patio.

Next, decide how you’ll irrigate the plants.

This might be by burying soaker hose a couple of inches below the surface; lining the path with pop-up micro-sprayers; adjusting nearby sprinklers so that their overspray covers the plants; or planning to water by hand.

If you’re planting from flats, pull or cut apart 2 to 3-inch wide chunks that contain several plants and their roots. Space the chunks 6 to 9 inches apart in the ground.

Cover the bare spots with topper or some other light, organic material that will help retain surface moisture until the plants fill in.

Seeds of Wisdom

Gaps between stepping stones should be at least 3 inches wide and up to 6 inches deep to provide sufficient room for creeping plants to take root.

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How to Plant Thyme Between Pavers

Tips and Tricks

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Ideally, your thyme plugs will arrive at the same time as the pavers or bricks and you can plant them at the same time into the spaces between them. But how do you plant them afterwards?

There are several options, and luckily, thyme is a really easy going plant and will thrive no matter what, as long as you follow these tips.

Keep in mind that thyme has a few windows of opportunity for planting and transplanting – the ideal time is in June or earlier, when the ground is warm but there’s some rain in the forecast, with dull days.

Brilliant sunshine is great for established plants, but young ones don’t like it much.

If your thyme shows up in the form of larger plants in four inch pots or even large chunks set in a flat, these can be well watered the night before, then carefully pulled or cut apart into manageable pieces.

The soil that they’re planted in can be mostly removed, or in the case of wet soil, simply molded around the roots to give them a bit of a reserve of moisture.

Quite often, that little bit of soil is enough to keep them going until they can establish a root system, usually by burrowing underneath the pavers where there’s a bit of moisture.

If you have plugs, where every little plant has its own cell, that makes it easier to get a more even look. Estimate how many plugs you have, and space them out so you have enough coverage.

Then pull the soil at the bottom of each cell off – this is especially important if the roots are wound around as these will never break out of that shape by themselves.

The best tool to use for the next step is a chopstick, small twig or even a metal spike. Scratch a hole into the space between the pavers, then wind the base of the root ball around the end of the chopstick.

I’ve been known to use my Grandads old screwdriver for this too.

Insert it into the hole, then prevent the root ball from coming out of the hole by pinching with your fingers.

Spread a bit of loose soil or sand over it, and then once you’ve planted a bunch, water well. This will help set the pavers, and fill in any air holes around the roots, a sure way to kill off a plant.

Be prepared for a bit of time to elapse before the thyme fills in the complete gap between the pavers. It can take several seasons before it looks full.

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10 Groundcover Plants to Grow Between Pavers

When designing a landscape, you may not want a continuum of pavement covering a large area of your landscape. By blending low-growing greenery between paving stones, your design will be more naturalistic. The greenery will help to soften your outdoor patio space or add an attractive element to a pathway.

It can be a challenge for groundcover plants to grow between pavers or flagstones, but certain plants are perfect for this purpose. Plants that work best spread quickly, stay close to the ground and are resilient. They reduce weeds growing through openings. They are tough and can handle being stepped on.

When choosing a plant, look for short plants that won’t obstruct the path or walkway and that can grow under your soil and light conditions. Here are 10 groundcover plants that make good fillers between paving stones:

Blue star creeper – This ground cover bears starry, pale-blue flowers atop a bed of very flat, light-green leaves. Although the flowers look delicate, the blue star creeper is a tough plant that handles foot traffic well. It blooms for most of the year and it can grow in full sun to partial shade conditions.

Creeping thyme – Perfect for sunny paths and tough under foot, thyme has many varieties to choose from, grows in difficult soils from sandy to heavy clay, and tolerates inconsistent watering. The herb bears tiny, rounded fragrant leaves in shades of dark green, lime green, and even gold with a white edging. Most varieties form low-growing mats that blend nicely when planted between stone pavers. A good variety for paths, Elfin thyme, is a miniature version of creeping thyme that grows 1 to 2 inches tall. Creeping “Sunshine” speedwell is also a good choice that blooms with tiny purple flowers.

Dianthus – Extremely hardy, this low-growing, clumping plant makes a good ground cover between pavers for both sunny and partially sunny locations. Depending on the variety, plants are smothered with pink, red, white, or lavender flowers. The flowers grow 3 to 6 inches in height.

Dichondra – Also called Carolina Ponysfoot, this plant grows well in the south in areas of sun to partial shade and is heat resistant. Its lime-green, round leaves spread to fill in spaces.

Dymondia – Extremely flat with slender, oval leaves that are two-tone (green on top and gray underneath), Dymondia has a tidy appearance, uniform height and low watering needs. It occasionally bears tiny, flat yellow daisy flowers. Large areas require a regular watering, fertilizer and care, so this plant is best planted in smaller paved sections of your walkway or patio.

Green carpet – Popular in landscaping design, this ground cover forms a mass of dense, green leaves. It is low-growing and only reaches a height of 3 inches. It is extremely drought tolerant and does great in heavy foot traffic areas.

Irish moss – With a soft, spongy texture, Irish moss grows best in moist, shady areas and keeps its short, compact appearance even when regularly stepped on. It forms a dense carpet of miniature, velvety leaves. You’d be surprised how little soil is required for the moss to grow. Varieties such as woodsy Plagiomnium or star moss are both hardy in our zone.

Mondo grass – When you want to keep a green carpet year-round to fill in paving spaces, the dwarf mondo grass variety is a good choice. It grows in full to partial shade. This might be a simple solution in your landscape so you can stay on the same schedule as your grass lawn for watering and trimming.

Small Lobelia – The blue species are the most popular because the flowers are showy and captivating. The small ground cover varieties usually grow about 1 inch in height with white or blue flowers. Be careful not to choose larger lobelia varieties that can grow as high as 3 feet. These plants are good for shady areas and do not do well in hot, dry areas.

Stonecrop/Sedum – Many of the flattest stonecrops form mats along the ground with succulent stems. They easily fill in the gaps around paving stones. There are several smaller varieties that grow a few inches in height. Goldmoss Sedum is a dainty succulent perennial that bears lime-green leaves and yellow, springtime flowers. Dragon’s Blood Sedum has small, succulent leaves that are a dark, purple-red.

Wire vine – A fast-spreading perennial groundcover, wire vine forms a thick mat of tiny, round, glossy leaves. It grows in full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant.

Groundcover plants are much prettier to fill the spaces between pavers and flagstones compared to weeds. The type of plant you choose has a lot to do with your personal taste and whether you want greenery, flowers, compact, or creeping. Plants can also be grown in the cracks of a stone retaining wall.

Although we don’t sell the plants, Fieldstone Center has a wide selection of pavers and flagstones. When you are ready to install your landscape design, contact us at 770.385.7708.

What do you do with a narrow grass path, much infested with weeds? I inherited such from the previous home owner and found that it was difficult to mow since it was sunken, and the border of railroad ties necessitated that the grass edges be clipped by hand. I considered replacing the grass with pea gravel, decomposed granite or coarse bark, but a stack of hexagonal concrete pavers discovered in a forgotten corner immediately suggested a solution.


The strip is irrigated by a Netafim subterranean dripper system which is tied in to another area of the garden. It would be a major task to rearrange the pipework, but I could rearrange the plants to considerably reduce the amount of water that both areas needed.

Digging was not feasible because of the embedded underground pipes, but the packaging from a recently delivered mattress provided a ready means to solarize, so I stretched the plastic sheeting over the area and weighted it down with rocks. It was May and I continued to irrigate which encouraged all manner of weeds to germinate but they were quickly destroyed by the heat of our desert sun. I left the plastic in place for the rest of the year just to maximize the effect. The advantage of solarizing rather than digging is that the compacted soil is undisturbed so settling is less of a problem when laying the pavers.

Thyme path shortly after planting. In spring I scraped the surface flat with a border spade (square ended) and measured the length, dividing it by the number of pavers available in order to work out the spacing between stepping stones. Armed with a bucket of sand, a level and a trowel I placed each paver in its spot measuring from all sides to get accurate spacing. I checked each one for levelness and any rocking movement, sprinkling the sand underneath to fill up any low spots until the paver sat firmly. I then brought in some soil from the vegetable plot and filled around the pavers until they were embedded and the surface was level – making it less likely that anyone would trip on an edge.

Creeping thyme (Thymus praecox arcticus) is low growing, heat tolerant, and can withstand foot traffic so I raided my daughter’s garden for starts to plant between the pavers and along the sides. They were rather poor specimens with not much root and I planted them about 1ft. apart. All grew but were slow to establish. I did not have enough to finish the project but, much later, I found a cell pack of thyme at the local nursery and planted those six plants. They grew much faster, but by the next season it became apparent that the two plantings were of different varieties! “Pink Chinz” has grayish green leaves and flowers later, while “Elfin” – a much tighter grower with tiny leaves and early, minute flowers – was more of a bright green. I do trim the plants around the paving stones once a year to keep the edges defined, and mow the spent flowers but otherwise they have been trouble free with no obvious diseases or pests. It is now three years since I planted and I am not sure how long it will be before the original plants become woody and some sort of replanting will be called for.

Flowering “Pink Chintz” with a little “Elfin” showing bottom left. “Elfin” detail showing tighter growth and smaller leaves

Although none of the original weeds grew back, various seedlings had to be removed by hand from the rather large areas between the plants until they filled in so I was pleased that I had not decided to replace an entire lawn. Not much grows through once established, but removing yellow Oxalis corniculata from the depths is tedious and reminds me of a school nurse looking for louse nits! Once in flower weeding can only be done when bees are not around – in the early morning or after the sun goes down. Hive bees love this plant and come by the hundreds daily. So far none of us has been stung while walking along the path, but I don’t go bare foot and I encourage children to use an alternative route.

I am delighted with the results – one of my gardening successes even if it is two-tone!

Backyard Design: Featuring Pavers

Spotlight: Artificial Grass & Pavers

Incorporating paver designs with your residential artificial grass landscaping into your backyard design plan offer a customizable solution to outdoor living that look and feel great. Pavers feel smooth underfoot as you walk around outside, unlike crushed granite or recycled rock. The look is also completely customizable, with different colors, cuts, and sizes. Being able to design a yard with pavers can completely revolutionize a dull space into a full backyard paradise. The options are endless. And better yet, pavers are low maintenance since they don’t need regular replacing or washing.

Pavers pair perfectly with EasyTurf ultimate green artificial grass. This combination of materials adds color and dimension to the backyard space. Moreover, the hard stone and soft grass creates a powerful dichotomy of texture with a sophisticated feel. People spending time in the backyard can follow the natural pathways created by pavers as they explore backyard areas. These pathways connect different backyard spaces and blend the backyard together seamlessly. Pavers with artificial grass can add design elements that pair well with a patio, fire pit, pool, deck, or other backyard spaces. Plus, natural grass in those small lines can be a challenge to maintain, so turf is a natural solution to this problem. Not to mention there is need to worry about rogue weeds and messy soil staining or dirtying stones so the pavers remain in nice condition.

Any questions about how to design an artificial grass backyard? EasyTurf artificial grass offers a free design consultation for all customers. Feel free to contact us at 866-352-0233 and we’ll be happy to talk you through different design ideas!

Artificial Grass Ideas: 12 Stunning Modern Installations


These days, homeowners collaborate with professionals to design and install stunning artificial grass as part of a modern garden. Artificial grass blades have evolved from a shiny green plastic spotted a mile away to such a life-like look that it’s impossible to tell the grass is fake until you touch it or notice there are absolutely no brown spots in sight.

The installations below use interesting combinations of materials, colors and live plants to compliment the once tabooed fake lawn. In fact, they are so magazine-worthy that neighbors will surely turn green with envy.

Remember that you don’t have to install a full lawn as artificial grass can easily be used between pavers, in side yards and other smaller applications.

1. Artificial Grass In the Driveway

This home in Leucadia incorporates artificial turf between concrete slabs to create a look that seamlessly blends the driveway into the front entry to create a feel of openness.

2. Liven up a Shady Patio

This Los Angeles home brightened up an otherwise shady patio with a small artificial lawn. Not only is the grass soft to the touch, but it certainly adds a warm feel to this bedroom. Slippers or not, it’s easy to venture out into this comfortable space.

3. A Kid’s Paradise

If the kids toss sand out of the sandbox, getting it back in is much easier with artificial turf surrounding the play area than real grass. Provided it didn’t just rain, sweep or blow the sand back in without it sticking to potentially wet soil. Let them play ball games like tetherball, pictured at the end of the lawn in this photo, soccer, catch and more.

4. Use Multiple Materials

There’s a lot to look at here, right? Aside from the adorable dogs on the concrete, the wood decking, yellow wall with sculpture, architectural plants and tree in the center of the artificial lawn provide a first-time guest with plenty of focal points.

5. Non-Linear Design

Who says that the lawn has to exist within a boundary? This playful design and modern seating injects youth into an older Beverly Hills estate.

6. Use Between Natural Stone

This Mediterranean design incorporates slate squares between strips of artificial turf to liven up a rustic look without much maintenance.

7. Functional and Pretty

Those needing a large strip of artificial turf may as well give it a practical purpose. We’ve seen everything from bocce ball to putting greens to large chess boards.

8. The Only Water Is in the Pool

Artificial turf also isn’t always short like it is on a putting green. The lush grass between the concrete pavers in this photo provide a soft cushion under post-pool bare feet. Add interest by using a railroad pattern and soften the entire look by choosing wood patio furniture versus metal.

9. Play Checkers

Give depth to an otherwise small backyard by incorporating a contemporary checker design, as displayed in this European-style garden with muted hues of greens and lavender. The tall trees and fountain provide a sense of privacy, as well.

10. Add More Green

It’s hard to distinguish the living green from the artificial green in this photo. In this case, irrigating the grass on the steps here would have been difficult and, perhaps, wasteful so the owner opted for artificial turf even against a backdrop of a living wall and other lush greenery. The vases on the table provide a much-needed pop of color.

11. Integrate a Pop of Color

Liven up an area of turf by adding color contrast. These homeowners choose a pretty bright blue accented with orange. Lady palms in the background add a tropical vibe to the space.

12. Reach for the Sky

For those with city apartments, artificial grass in combination with modern container plantings is the perfect solution for adding an unexpected pop of greenery to an outdoor living area. There isn’t a need for any space to feel like a concrete jungle.

How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost?

Of course, the answer is that it depends on your geographical region, design and installation requirements. We do have a great deal of information regarding the cost of artificial grass that homeowners can use as a reference point. Have a look. Remember that you will save on your water bill over time, if you’re adding artificial grass to an are of the home that would otherwise be irrigated. And, there’s no need for a gardener to spend time mowing it either.

A Solution for a Busy Lifestyle

In Southern California, live lawns require maintenance. Artificial grass also works for homeowners who travel and also rental properties. Maybe you have a dog and want an alternative to a lawn where he or she can play. We can also help with durable synthetic pet turf.

Your Turn…

Are you considering artificial grass? Do you have questions? Contact Install-It-Direct.

Refresh Your Driveway Design with the Best Synthetic Grass Installation

The driveway tends to be an overlooked part of a home’s design. However, you can transform this block of pavement into an extension of your beautiful lawn without using high-maintenance real grass. Turn your dull driveway into a curb highlight with the best synthetic grass installation!

Why Artificial Grass is Excellent for Driveways

Compared to natural grass, the unique properties of synthetic turf make it an excellent material for driveways. Here are some advantages it offers:

1. Prevents run-off

Water tends to run off concrete driveways instead of soaking into the soil to replenish the ground. Add natural grass to the mix, and it adds dirt, toxic yard chemicals and debris to the waste. On the other hand, synthetic turf can be installed with permeable backing to absorb the moisture instead of allowing it to build up and overflow.

2. Maintains its shape and texture

Artificial grass for homes in Miami is durable enough to be used on driveways. Unlike natural grass, it doesn’t get easily flattened under heavy weights and pressure. This high level of resilience is essential to maintain the looks of the space.

3. Requires very little maintenance

Using synthetic turf to beautify your driveway removes maintenance from your to-do list. You don’t have to mow, cut, mulch or fertilize the patches of green on your drive. Top-quality turf installation ensures that the artificial grass in your driveway remains perfectly manicured from day one, with almost zero work on your part.

3 Ways to Incorporate Synthetic Grass in Driveways

The versatile nature of artificial grass lets you be creative when using it for driveway design. Get inspiration from these popular ideas:

• Grid pattern

If you want to cover your driveway with lush artificial grass completely, applying it in a grid pattern is the way to go. This secures the grass and prevents it from being ripped up by the tires.

• Between pavers and flagstones

Outline your driveway pavers in lifelike green with artificial grass! This design strategy is a great way to freshen up plain driveway pavement.

• Strip design

Apply synthetic turf in a strip design to liven up your driveway. Make sure to place the strip between the usual tire tracks to keep it pristine and avoid wearing it down quickly.

Trust the Pros for Driveway Turf Installation

Successful driveway design requires the best synthetic grass installation. This is not a DIY job —the driveway requires more specialized application techniques than the usual yard. Working with professionals offers these benefits:

• Advice on the most durable turf for your driveway
• Share ideas on effective driveway design
• Expert instructions on maintenance
• Error-free, efficient installation process

No matter where you want your turf —down your driveway, on your lawn, or artificial putting green grass indoors and more— Miami Artificial Grass Pros is the name to trust. We carry top-quality artificial turf products and accessories installed by our team of experienced professionals. Call us at 305-547-9849 to discuss what you have in mind for your synthetic turf project!

Using paving stones as an alternate walkway or to add attractive hardscaping to a garden is now commonplace in many a garden. In many cases, that raises the issue of what to plant between those pavers, and here is where the elements of beauty and practicality intersect. There are many ground covers to choose from; fortunately, there are ways to narrow down those choices.

A good plant for paving stones should do three things:

It should stay very low and not grow quickly. A plant much taller than the paving stones is going to obscure them and/or just look odd. And you don’t want your selection to grow too quickly, overrunning the pavers, or you’ll be out there on hands and knees trimming it all the time.

Secondly, it should be durable. You want plants that will establish quickly, be tough and be able to withstand some light foot traffic. The idea is to plant something that requires minimal maintenance and that will last for a period of time.

Lastly, you want a ground cover that complements the pavers you’ve chosen. This last factor is more subjective, but I think most gardeners will want to avoid plants that detract from the beauty of the pavers. Neutral and soothing is generally best.

Earl Nickel is an Oakland nurseryman and freelance writer. Email: [email protected]

In sun

Elfin thyme. This tough and drought-tolerant plant has all the virtues you want in a pavers plant, and its soothing grayish-green color works with every kind of stone or paver.

Hernieria. Similar looking to Elfin thyme, only more of a mid-green color, it also stays very low (1 to 2 inches) and fills in densely. Both plants feature tiny leaves, giving the look of a green carpet.

Dymondia. This most durable of all ground covers is so tough you can walk on it. Small elliptical leaves are dark green on top and silver underneath. It fills in very densely. The large daisy-like yellow flowers will either be a plus or a distraction depending on what you like.

Sedums. Low-growing sedums such as S. ‘Blue Carpet’ and S. hispanicum provide a dense, mat look. They are very drought tolerant but will suffer if subjected to any amount of foot traffic.

In shade

Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma). Ironically, the selections for a primarily shady spot are less drought tolerant than those for sun. Blue Star Creeper is a wonderful choice, especially when it adds its tiny delicate blue flowers. There is also a white-flowering variety.

Cotula leptinella ‘Platt’s Black.’ This plant disproves the notion that a utilitarian plant can’t also be beautiful. Its feathery leaves and chocolate tones are both striking and soothing. There is also a pure green version of this plant, which is best used for a part sun/part shade area.

Corsican mint. Lastly, for something unique, you can add a little zest to your stepping-stones pathway with mint. Although it will require regular water, it does produce a vibrant green carpet that exudes the most delicious scent.

The plants

Planting and care

The main challenge with planting between pavers is the sometimes tight spaces. Add nutrients to the soil and loosen any compacted soil there. Plant each small plant (usually bought in six-packs) 3 to 6 inches apart. Keep soil moist while the plants are getting established. After that, occasional water will be enough. Depending on the selection, the area will fill in densely in two to four months.

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