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Mountain Gardening: Planting Along a Garden Path

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Soften the edges along a garden path. Lowe's Mountain region gardening expert Jodi Torpey explains how.

Turkish Veronica flowers sparkle in a brilliant cobalt blue.
A bare garden path needs plants.

Is the path leading to your garden as inviting as the garden itself? Well, it should be. Planting along a garden path is an easy way to add another layer of color to your garden and soften a path's hard edges.

You can plant low-growing, fast-spreading groundcovers along any path to create a dense carpet of color. Look for plants that match your growing conditions and complement the color of the path's stepping stones.

Fast-spreading groundcovers add color.

My choice for a flagstone path is a hardy groundcover called Turkish Veronica (Veronica llwanensis) because it's beautiful and functional.

Turkish Veronica's small, green leaves resemble thyme. But it's a tough plant that likes sunny spots and adapts to poor soil conditions. In late spring brilliant cobalt-blue flowers cover the leaves for a surprising burst of color.

Clear a planting space in the path.

Plant a Path in Six Easy Steps

To plant along your garden path you'll need several containers of groundcover plants, a trowel, and a garden pad for kneeling.

First, locate a gap between stepping stones on the path and dig down to the underlying layer of sand or soil.

Groundcovers fill in gaps quickly.

Remove the plant from its container and gently spread out the roots. Place the plant so its leaves are level with the stepping stones. Then fill in with soil mix and cover with gravel.

Water in and keep plants moist to give roots a good start. The groundcover grows quickly and fills in the gaps between the path's stepping stones. Would you like to plant along your garden path? Here's a video how-to!