A Few Little Things

 

I often write about all the small plants I have in this garden. Mostly that means dwarf and naturally small growing plants. But today I’m  going to feature a few of the really little plants I have here – the ground-covers. Some of these have been growing for years and others only a few months but all of them are special to me and provide a really unique aspect to the garden in places. I love seeing them as they spread out and fill the spaces around them and provide a green swath of color and beauty to their spots.

I’m starting off in the front yard with the Elfin Thyme. I just love that name and it sure does fit it well. I planted it about 5 years ago from a 4″ pot, and it’s grown slowly but consistently to fill this spot among the stones that lead to the bird feeder in front. It’s in bloom now and I hope you can see the little purple flowers on it here and there. I haven’t seen it bloom before this year so it’s a treat to see. A very lovely plant that does a fine job of softening the stones and making the spot seem gentle and smooth.

Next to it in both the tour and in the garden is an Irish moss. I only planted this last fall but it’s growing well since then and is in bloom as well as the Thyme. It’s got little white flowers that cover areas of the plant and it looks so lush and bright green like an Irish Moss should. It’ll fill in more and smooth the area between more of the steps to the feeder. A favorite of mine for many years.

And next to them in the garden is a patch of Ajuga “Black Scallop” so named for its dark leaves. It’s not quite in bloom yet but it has spikes of lovely purple flowers about 5 inches high that coves the plant. It grows really fast and I only planted these starts from another spot last fall when I did this whole bed. It’s grown really fast and is covering up the area well. It looks so neat and tidy now and does so for most of the year. I love the dark color of the leaves.

I move into the back yard now and show you the Bunchberry. It’s actually a dogwood if you can believe it! Just a small dwarf plant it only grows to several inches tall and has creamy white dogwood flowers in the spring and covers this area between the mugho pine and the bluestar juniper well. I’ve been fond of this plant for a long time and am happy to have it thriving here in my garden.

The Corsican Mint is probably well known as it’s a staple in many gardens that can’t handle the cold for baby tears which it looks a lot like but is more cold hardy. It smells so strong that if you step on a corner of it the whole area is inundated with aroma and you can touch it and carry the smell on your fingers for hours. Truly one of my favorites. It seems to die off regularly and then comes back again each spring and I dunno why but I like it even so.

The Bearberry, or Kinnickinnick as the Indians called it, is a wonderful ground cover Manzanita in the heath family. It grows pretty wide but so far I’ve kept it from growing onto the path near it. It’s a special plant in the mythology of many native people as they use it in their smoking blend they use in the Sacred Pipe Ceremony. I’ve also used it in a smoking mixture I used to make in my Wildcrafting business I did while I lived in the Okanogan I profiled a couple of posts ago. This is a variety called Vancouver Jade that seems to be more compact than the species and is full and lush here in this back spot in the garden.

The Redwood Sorrel has been a mixed bag for me. I love the plant so I had to plant it, but little did I realize what a pest it can become. It spreads way too well and has covered up much of the space around it and even killed a couple of plants by smothering them. It also broke a branch on my Red Dragon Japanese maple by pulling it down and snapping it. I guess I wasn’t paying as good attention as I should have been but I try now to keep this lovely plant somewhat controlled so it can’t do that anymore. It’s a drag to have to pull it all the time but I keep it off the paths and in a smaller area than it wants to be. In one place I’ve given up and just let it grow. So far so good and it seems the plants there can handle it. It has lovely white flowers on it in spring. I just love it despite its problems. It gets about 8 inches tall and is very full as you can see. It reminds me of the Redwood forests in California where it covers miles of ground.

A friend gave me this Viola and I’m not entirely sure which one it is but she warned me that it was very invasive so I planted it the fern bed so it can’t escape too far and cover too much space. But it does a good job of that in the bed anyway. It fills the whole area around many of the ferns but they can handle it it seems and I pull it back some to keep it from the lawnmower and the different plants in there with it. It not only spreads by roots but by seeds too very easily so it’s truly an invasive and and it’s beautifully full but I’d recommend it be planted like I did in some place where it can’t take over the whole darn garden…

This last one isn’t exactly a ground cover but it’s close to one. It’s a Black Mondo Grass that I’ve loved for ages. I’ve grown it before and they always seem to do well. This one has spread for years to cover this small area near the garage entrance so it’s close up to see it whenever we go to the garage. It’s got little purple flowers on it now and is quite lovely. It only gets about 6-8 inches tall so I included it here as it does cover the ground and spreads slowly so it’s a ground cover to me.

So that’s the tour. It’s a short one but I don’t have that many of these tiny tiny plants. Someday I’ll cover the miniature conifers I have that are one step up from these ground covers. But this time I wanted to stay small and give you a few pictures of what is under the other plants and fills so many areas with color and green.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of little things. Some time it’s nice to honor the smallest things among us and reflect on how much joy they can bring even tho they are so small and tiny. I’m fond of all of these plants and they all occupy a unique place in my heart. I hope you like them and that even if you’ve seen them before they still please you to see them again….

For the little ones,

Steve

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I so enjoyed the walk through of the little ones, Steve! All of these special plants is what makes your garden so wonderful and inspiring. I tried to grow some of the creeping thyme from seed this spring, but no luck. I’m going to try and sow some more seed this fall and hope it germinates next spring. Hoping it looks half as good as yours. Just beautiful.

    Did you have to amend the soil for the Irish moss any? It looks so healthy. Love the ajuga too. I have some growing wild that I’m going to try and transplant this fall. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s really pretty…just needs to be in another spot. I can relate to the sorrel…we have wood sorrel and it was everywhere this spring. Doesn’t mind it’s manners too well! 🙂 Suppose to be edible, so I guess I won’t starve to death with it being so abundant. haha The violas are so pretty. That’s one plant I only have a handful of and they are in the woods. I love them.

    As always, loved walking through your garden with you!

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    • Hi Annie. I’m so glad you enjoyed this walk thru the little ones. I find them so enjoyable and unique. They provide color in the smallest of spaces and do a great job of covering the ground. I”m really pleased with the Elfin Thyme too. It’s so pretty now and is flowering even more since I took that picture. I don’t do much of anything to amend the soil here as we live in Peat bog and it’s really fecund and fertile. So the Irish Moss has just taken off in the native soil that’s there. I do mulch really well too, with a combo of rotted sawdust and composted manure that helps keep in the water and protects the roots and also gives some nutrition to the plants. I’m so glad I put the violas where I did or they’d be like the sorrel, taking over everywhere. I didn’t know you could eat the sorrel tho so I’ll have to try that and see if I can reduce their numbers…
      Thanks as always for visiting and commenting. Hope you’re doing well!
      Peace,
      Steve

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  2. Thank you for a lovely tour of the small ones:-) It seems my small ones are not as organized as your collections. You really do have an amazing collection of plants + you seem to keep them in check. I love the black plants mixed in they add such depth to the garden beds..
    I have to admit his year I have more creeping charlie than anything dwarf in my garden, this rain means a constant weeding!

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    • Thank you Robbie. I’m glad you liked this tour of the little ones in the garden. I enjoy their small stature and how they cover such large areas as well. I’m fond of the Black Mondo Grass too and am pleased to have it in a couple of locations where it’s doing well. I don’t have any creeping charlie and I don’t think it’ll grow here well so I don’t have to worry about that one. The Sweet Woodruff and redwood sorrel are enough invasives for me at this point… 🙂
      peace,
      Steve

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