What Should I Grow Between my Flagstone and Patio Pavers?
With its wide variety of shapes and natural, earth-tone colors, flagstone pavers are the perfect accent to any Colorado landscape! While this popular paver adds character, beauty, and resilience to your outdoor patio project, sometimes a softer touch for patios is called for, and that’s where plantings between pavers come in!
Compared to standard paving material options, flagstone is a step above in providing unique beauty and durability for Colorado homeowners. Flagstone is available in interesting shapes and sizes with a generally flat surface and the right thickness to create a solid foundation.
Flagstone is a non-slip stone and requires little maintenance. Forget about repairs, slipping, or breaking of pavers in your patio, walkway, or seating area! Flagstone is resistant to acid allowing it to be laid directly on the soil, although putting down a sand base provides longer-term stability and uniformity. Flagstone pavers easily stand up to Colorado weather for year-round beauty!
Adding Patio Personality
Your flagstone patio will look beautiful on its own but why not consider adding life and personality to your outdoor environment? Plantings that will grow over time between flagstone patio pavers provide visual interest and soft underfoot comfort for you and your family!
With the correct selection and planting technique, filling the spaces between flagstone patio pavers help keep weeds from growing and gives a natural, soft feel to your path or patio. There are plenty of options to consider!
- Thyme: A wide variety of thyme plants are popular as a ground cover plant that is easy to grow in full sun and dry and well-drained soil. You’ll enjoy the pretty, tiny colorful flowers and mats of foliage that are fragrant and soft underfoot!
- Moss: Looking for a soft cushion as you stroll the garden? Moss is the answer! Easy to grow and care for, moss can fill small gaps and larger space. Moss likes damp, shady areas that stays regularly moist.
- Blue Star Creeper: Charming light blue flowers, the Blue Star Creeper can fill even the most interesting patio paver gap shapes! This plant can survive in the full sun if kept moist but is easier to maintain in a shadier environment.
- Clover: Clover and smaller, mini clover seeds are an easy way to add plants in otherwise difficult spaces and are an excellent option for growing between flagstone pavers. Clover doesn’t need much, just some moisture when planted a watering while the seeds are germinating. Enjoy clover between your flagstone paver in full sun or partial shade!
- Lawn grass: Tired of pulling grass from in between pavers? Let it work for you! Turfgrass is an excellent filler, especially for pavers that are set a little wider apart. Grass can look clean and sharp and only needs mowing when you mow your lawn!
Tips for Patio Planting Success
No matter what type of plant you choose, be sure to consider the amount of sunshine and shade your pavers will receive each day. Select plants that are ground covers and will either have a flat, ground-level height or be up to two inches tall. Also, make sure the plant is hardy and durable to hold up well when being walked on!
Ground cover plants like loose soil between stones and some nutrients, especially when first planted. Plan on planting small pieces of a ground cover, each plant should be about a two to three inches wide, and space plantings six inches apart.
Be sure to water your plants! As with all new plantings, water regularly until the roots are adjusted and established. It’s easy to forget to water but keeping new plantings regularly moist is a sure-fire way to help them live and grow!
Are you thinking about getting underway with a new patio or other landscaping project? Call The Landscaping Company team at (303) 922-9889 or contact us to get your dream project underway!