Planting low growing flowers as groundcovers, container plants or for tight spaces, such as between stepping-stones, provides a finished look in your landscape. Plants such as sedum and thyme provide low maintenance, quick to spread beauty for nearly any garden condition. Whether grown for their scent, color or simply allowed to grow where they sprouted, low growing plants bring pleasure to many gardeners.
Creeping thyme (Thymus praecox) and those like it offer gardeners ground hugging foliage and masses of dainty blossoms. Blossoms colors include dark pink, pink and white, covering the plants in the late spring through summer and fall. This thyme does well in fast draining soils with full sun. Takes light foot traffic well and seldom requires special care. This plant is attractive to butterflies and bees, making it especially suitable for nature gardens.
Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) is a popular spreading, perennial groundcover. Colors include white, pink, blue and purple. Growing up to 6 inches in height this plant is suitable for planting on embankments, as flowerbed edging and due to its cascading abilities as an accent or a stand-alone plant in hanging flowerpots. Provide well-drained soils rich in organic matter for this species. Consistent deadheading will keep blooms coming and prevent plants from getting leggy.
Brass buttons (Leptinella squalida) grow to 2 inches in height with an indefinite spread. Wherever the plant sends a limb out, it will root. Colors range from bright, lime green to brassy-purple. When planted in large masses, brass buttons create a blanket effect that frames/foils other, larger plants. These plants will take light foot traffic and do well between stepping stones as well as in hanging pots and flowerbeds. Brass buttons prefer well-drained soil that has high organic matter content and plenty of moisture.