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How To Plant Groundcovers Around Pavers

How to plant ground cover around pavers

Things are getting real messy. To stay out of the way of the wall being built, I transplanted plants from the back to the front. Specifically, I will show how to plant ground covers around pavers. Let’s see what else is going on, shall we?

This post has been updated- the original was posted in 2021 as part of the Spring One Room Challenge.

Welcome back! We are now at the half way mark of the One Room Challenge! Don’t forget to visit the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants; I’ve linked the site at the end of this post! By the end of week three, the trench for the wall had been dug out for the most part. This process was started after I shared Week 3 updates. If you want to catch up, you can read these posts:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Getting messier…

One room challenge backyard refresh

And messier…

one room challenge backyard project

With Week 4 came the start of the stair construction that will lead from the first level of the yard to the second tier. The white PVC pipe is the start of a drainage system that will draw water away from the wall, and ultimately away from the house’s foundation. The small sized gravel is also here.

One of my first yard projects.

backyard with fence and plants growing around pavers
backyard with fence and plants

This flower bed was a very early project I did. Then the mister and I worked on the paver path together. The idea was to have the path lead to a wood deck. Our plans changed and now we are dismantling this beloved path.

Current state of that early project.

one room challenge backyard progress

This part of the yard had been the most put together and I feel sort of sad to take it apart after our hard work. Look how nicely the Irish Moss grew in too! The pavers will be used elsewhere in the yard, but where hasn’t been established. However, the Irish Moss do have a new home!

New home for the moss!

pavers where ground cover will be planted

This is our front yard. Since it sits atop retaining walls, it is more of just a path. We have lavender plants on either side, but looking toward the concrete patio in the distance, there is so much hardscape. To soften the hardness, I will plant the Irish Moss here!

Have you ever wondered “what type of plants can I plant between pavers?” Ground covers are perfect! There is actual moss, Irish moss, which isn’t actually a moss, creeping thyme and more.

Tip: I’ve noticed plant tags at nurseries will say “Good for foot traffic” or some similar wording. Look for this when shopping for groundcovers to plant between pavers.

Now, let me show you how to plant groundcovers around pavers.

Gather materials.

materials to plant groundcovers around pavers

Other than clumps of groundcover to transplant, you will need a small hand shovel, soil, a cutting tool to cut through landscape fabric, and gloves. As I was working I also grabbed some empty buckets to hold the gravel I dug up.

Dig up the Irish Moss.

How To Plant Groundcovers Around Pavers

If you have pavers and have been wanting to incorporate some sort of groundcover, the next steps will be helpful.

Scoop back gravel.

How To Plant Groundcovers Around Pavers

Scoop/dig until reaching the landscape fabric.

making room for ground cover near paver

Cut an “X” shape into the fabric.

dig near paver

Add soil to surround your plant.

digging to plant ground cover

The blue gloves belong to my son; he was my helper for this project.

Next, you add enough soil so that the plant sits level with your paver. My goal is to have the Irish Moss grow partially on the pavers for a secret garden look.

Set plant in place.

plant ground cover Irish moss

Finally, add extra soil as needed and then replace gravel and rocks, or whatever you might have in your path.

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How To Plant Groundcovers Around Pavers

The plants look a little sad after being transplanted. After some fertilizer and water, hopefully they will flourish like they had in the back! So this project isn’t directly benefiting the backyard patio space, but just illustrating another way to re-purpose materials.

However, I suppose it helps clear out the back too and keeps me busy but out of the way for the workers to build the wall in peace ha ha.

*Update* The Irish Moss has grown in!

There were some Irish Moss casualties in another area- I think the sun was too strong. I am so glad I took the time to transfer the plants. The lavender is also bigger, which makes the walk way that much more lush!

Back to the original post.

It seems like every time I cross something off my list, I add one more item! I feel like so many big ticket items are left to do.

Once the retaining wall is in place, it will be easier to get to the other projects. Right now, the yard is covered in piles of dirt from the trench, blocks for the wall, pipes for the drainage system, and more. Over on Instagram I’ll share a walk through of the yard.

To do:

  • Build low retaining wall in east portion of the yard, this is space closest to the back door where there is currently gravel.
  • Order pavers, caps for wall, blocks for wall
  • Order pea gravel.
  • Break up current patio slab.
  • Build a border (rocks?) for patio space.
  • Fill patio space with square concrete pavers and pea gravel.
  • Add plants along edges of retaining walls.
  • Repair and stain current patio furniture (or source used/new depending on time and budget)
  • Remove small pavers and Irish Moss (to be replant)

My Garden Go-to’s

Thank you!

Thank you so much for reading! And a big thank you to the organizers of The One Room Challenge and their media partner Better Homes And Gardens for bringing together so much inspiration. Now make sure you visit the others to see what they are up to for Week 4!

33 thoughts on “How To Plant Groundcovers Around Pavers”

  1. This is going to be amazing! I know it’s been a ton of hard work and messy too but I’m so excited to follow along. I’ve always wanted to grow moss like this but it seemed super complicated so thank you for breaking it down into manageable steps. It’s going to be stunning with your lavender path. Cheering you on, CoCo

  2. Marie, it is look so good! I just love moss, I have the same one and it grows so fast. The little flowers are just so darling!

  3. It’s all looking soooo good! And you have inspired me to fix my paver area just off of our back patio. I’ll be heading to the nursery tomorrow to look for ground traffic tolerant plants! Pinned!

  4. I’m really enjoying seeing the progress here. I have a similar area where we put down pavers surrounded by gravel. Unfortunately, it’s right where the water run off from a drain ends and the weeds have grown through the stones – I just can’t keep up with them. It’s on my list this weekend to sort. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. This going to be gorgeous. You have been working so hard. I love Irish moss. We had it in our old house.

    I am enjoying seeing the process. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

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