Laurie Ashbach
Laurie Ashbach
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  • Saint Paul, MN

Got Cracks? Fill 'em


Placing Irish Moss, Thyme and sedum on a stone stairway.
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This is some Irish Moss in the cracks. We loved the look so we're planting some more.  The green makes such a graphic statement, and becomes a piece of living art.
This is some Irish Moss in the cracks. We loved the look so we're planting some more. The green makes such a graphic statement, and becomes a piece of living art.
Looking down the stone stair and loving the Irish Moss and sedum in the cracks.  These had been planted a year or so ago and were spreading nicely.
Looking down the stone stair and loving the Irish Moss and sedum in the cracks. These had been planted a year or so ago and were spreading nicely.
Here's the problem - lots of little weeds making themselves right at home on the path.
Here's the problem - lots of little weeds making themselves right at home on the path.
We purchased two baskets of low plants, Irish Moss and Creeping Thyme, and started weeding out all of the un-invited guests.
We purchased two baskets of low plants, Irish Moss and Creeping Thyme, and started weeding out all of the un-invited guests.
This is a close up of a healthy clump of Irish Moss in bloom.
This is a close up of a healthy clump of Irish Moss in bloom.
Close up of Creeping Thyme.  When you step on it a lovely scent is released.
Close up of Creeping Thyme. When you step on it a lovely scent is released.
Find a space you're plant will fit into.
Find a space you're plant will fit into.
The pavers were set with small stones and sand 20 some years ago.  Gradually dirt, leaves and needles have been caught in the cracks.
The pavers were set with small stones and sand 20 some years ago. Gradually dirt, leaves and needles have been caught in the cracks.
Once the moss takes root it will just follow the cracks.
Once the moss takes root it will just follow the cracks.
The upper area of the stairs where I've just planted another clump of moss
The upper area of the stairs where I've just planted another clump of moss
The bottom of the stairs where the sedum has made it's way onto the walkway.  This was not planned, but seems to work.  Stepping on it just spreads the plant.
The bottom of the stairs where the sedum has made it's way onto the walkway. This was not planned, but seems to work. Stepping on it just spreads the plant.

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  • Erma
    on Jun 6, 2019

    I don't want to put plant in between the bricks what are some other great ideas pl

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  • Laurie Ashbach
    on Jun 30, 2013

    Susan D, you're welcome. Have fun!

  • Sharon
    on Mar 22, 2015

    I had creeping thyme in between my slate rock pathway and it became overgrown with grass- nearly impossible to pull it and it eventually took over

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