Thymus praecox

Pink Creeping Thyme

Pink Creeping Thyme makes an interesting, mat-forming groundcover in small locations. 'Elfin', shown in photos between pavers and steppingstones, hugs the ground even closer. Canopy coverage: 1 square foot.

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Thymus serpyllum

Creeping Thyme, Wild Thyme

The height of Creeping Thyme is listed at 1 foot high, but it actually remains lower—to just 3 inches, hugging the ground. Fragrant foliage is an attraction. A great use is between stepping stones. Canopy coverage: 7 square feet.

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Veronica liwanensis

Turkish Speedwell

This delicate groundcover-perennial actually grows just an inch high, excellent as a rock garden plant or between steppingstones. Flowers are tiny but an intense shade of blue. Canopy coverage: 3 square feet.

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Vinca minor

Vinca Periwinkle

Dwarf Periwinkle is more mild-mannered than its close relative, Vinca major. But it, too, tends to be invasive, particularly if planted within reach of regularly moist soil. Best with some protection from the sun in hot summer regions. Variegated leaf forms are also available. Canopy coverage: 13 square feet.

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Zinnia grandiflora

Prairie Zinnia

Prairie Zinnia is a low, spreading plant with yellow daisylike flowers. Expect a nice, long period of summer color. Canopy coverage: 1 square foot.

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