Photo: Kolin Smith | thisoldhouse.com | from How to Make a Pebble Mosaic / green home

How to Make a Pebble Mosaic

Photo: Kolin Smith | thisoldhouse.com | from How to Make a Pebble Mosaic / green home

Lemongrass: Repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Plant in pots and place on your porch or patio.

Lemongrass: Repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Plant in pots and place on your porch or patio.

Rock pathways are a backyard staple, but, sometimes it is a good idea to step outside the box when planning your rock pathway. Here are fifteen incredible variations on the classic rock pathway.

Creeping Thyme-This miniature thyme is incredibly useful. Only 2"-3" tall, you can walk in it (releasing its lemony aroma), tuck it between pavers in a garden path, use it as a tidy border or fill in a flower bed. It grows quickly but isn't pushy, delivers texture, fragrance, and flowers, is great for cooking, and requires almost no care. In summer, it's covered with tiny purple blooms that attract honeybees and butterflies. It can even be planted as a lawn that never needs mowing.

Creeping Thyme-This miniature thyme is incredibly useful. Only 2"-3" tall, you can walk in it (releasing its lemony aroma), tuck it between pavers in a garden path, use it as a tidy border or fill in a flower bed. It grows quickly but isn't pushy, delivers texture, fragrance, and flowers, is great for cooking, and requires almost no care. In summer, it's covered with tiny purple blooms that attract honeybees and butterflies. It can even be planted as a lawn that never needs mowing.

Ground cover instead of a grass lawn! Better for bees, environment and utility bill! (SO pretty!)

Ground cover instead of a grass lawn! Better for bees, environment and utility bill! (SO pretty!)

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