If your Garden Pathway is in a state of disrepair, don’t despair! A great way to give a path a more informal appearance, and to cheaply and easily replace that cracked and crumbling pointing, is by using plants to fill the gaps. Scrape or chisel out all the mortar from the joints, ideally back to bare earth (or the free draining sub-base if one exists), and top up the joints with a good quality topsoil or water-retaining compost (such as potting compost). Then simply plug with the ground cover plant of your choice. A number of species are great for this: creeping thyme gives off a wonderful scent when walked on, while sempervirums looks great all year long.
Important things to consider are the amount of traffic the path is likely to see and the plant’s requirements for water. Delicate species will not survive long if they are trampled underfoot by hordes of kids on a daily basis and any plant that sits alongside hard landscaping – be it a wall or paving – will find itself competing with the adjacent surface material for water. Most porous materials, such as brick, stone and concrete, will absorb a certain amount of water, so in periods of little rain thirsty plants will suffer. Make sure whatever planting you choose does not have a high water requirement.