If you’re looking to cover a path, keep an eye out for woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), ‘Doone Valley’ thyme (Thymus x ‘Doone Valley’), and Thymus serphyllum) another variety that is sometimes referred to as “creeping.” Learn more about growing thyme and cooking with thyme.
Herein, will oregano take over my garden?
Mint, oregano, pennyroyal and even thyme will spread through underground runners and can quickly take over the garden. They can be hard to remove as small bits of roots left behind can grow into full plants.
Secondly, is there a creeping oregano?
Creeping Oregano will grow eight to ten inches tall but a shearing back twice a year keeps it low to the ground. Creeping Oregano makes a tough and attractive ground cover and lawn substitute. It is often included in our 36 Pack Alternative Lawn Assortment. This plant is often available in plug trays.
Is oregano a good ground cover?
If you want a groundcover that cares for itself, looks lovely, blooms, attracts insects, helps prevent weeds, thrives in sunny and dry locations, and conserves moisture, then look no further than an oregano groundcover. As an added bonus, groundcover oregano smells delightful when crushed or walked on.
Because it grows so rapidly and rampantly, this variety of mint is an excellent choice for groundcover, especially if you are looking for a carefree specimen and have no future plans for other plantings in the area. If you are interested in planting groundcover to stabilize the soil, mint might just fit the bill.
Oregano needs regular pinching back, beginning when the plant is only about 4 inches tall. Pinching back the growing tips will make the plants bush out and prevent leggy, straggly growth. It also keeps the plant from flowering, which is best if you want to keep the leaves as flavorful as possible for kitchen use.
The Best Low–Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden
- Heuchera. 1/11. An evergreen perennial, heuchera is known for its vibrant foliage, which ranges in color from silver to green to brown. …
- Honeysuckle. 2/11. …
- Brass Buttons. 3/11. …
- Creeping Phlox. 4/11. …
- Creeping Jenny. 5/11. …
- Stonecrop. 6/11. …
- Vinca Minor. 7/11. …
- Lamium. 8/11.
Low-Maintenance, Weed-Abating, Perennial Ground Covers
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Most varieties of oregano need full sun; however, the leaves of golden oregano, ‘Aureum’, can fry under the sun, so it does best in partial shade.
They only need to be mowed or sheared back once every two weeks in summer to maintain a tight to the ground appearance and not at all if you don’t mind a little wilder look. They tolerate moderate foot traffic and are soft to walk on, gorgeous to look at and tough as nails.
Creeping thyme plants generally stay short and can be effective ground covers. Some people go as far as using them as grass alternatives. A more common use for them is as a ground cover to fill in the spaces between stepping stones, although caraway thyme may be too aggressive for this purpose.