Flagstone Path - Northern Exposure
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Shirley and Dale Blair
Posted on: January 14, 1999

When I was planning my new house I had thought about lemon carpet thyme between flagstones at the front entrance. Now that I have the house build I have a house that faces North East and has a beautiful 60 foot white pine about twenty feet in front of the house near the front door. About 25 feet east I have a large spruce which we hope to save even though the contractors did their worst ! As the trees are branchless to about the house-top its not totally dark but it is certainly shaded ! What can I use in such shady conditions that would be low and speading like the carpet thyme ?

Unfortunately, there are no shade tolerating herbs that are as low as lemon carpet thyme. However, some slightly taller herbs would still look nice between the flagstones. Lowest are wintergreen and uva-ursi and both like acid soil. Other choices would be primula, periwinkle, sweet violet, heartease, variegated groung ivy, alpine strawberry, English daisy.

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