Long-time readers may remember when I shoveled out all my turfgrass and replaced it with a bunch of low groundcovers. Well, those humble plants are in the April issue of Fine Gardening, y'all. I got to work with actual editors and learn a thing or two. And as I first found out from the Twitter traffic, some of my favorite people also contributed to the issue, so there's a fun vibe going on here – like when the yearbook comes out, with everybody in it.
But let's get back to my garden, shall we? Here's some photographic embellishment – first, the "before" and then the painful "just planted" on the right.
At first I thought I’d cover this 1,000-square-foot space with thyme but that would have cost over $1,000 and taken too long to fill in. (Because my backyard is on a considerable incline, I needed plants that would fill in fast to prevent erosion.) So I decided to go with what was available, and cheap. The fastest-growing sun-loving groundcover in the garden already was the Sedum acre growing along the dry streambed. I removed plugs of it, planted them across the space, then watched as they spread fast and filled in completely in about three months.
Then I spread some clover seed because clover is a miracle plant, let's face it. Creates it own fertilizer, feeds pollinators, and almost never needs watering. Almost as xeric as that sedum.
So Long to Maintenance
What does it take to care for this patch of green? No mowing. No watering. No feeding. And after the first season, no more weeding! Though I do feel obliged to sit in my garden chair and watch all the pollination action going on.