Country Life in Japan: 田舎暮らし/二拠点生活

Country life in traditional Japanese house

花壇の植栽5- グランドカバー / Flowerbed planting 5 – Ground cover plants











I learned from our experience that summer in Japan is very hot and rainy, which makes weeds grow at a tremendous rate. So, I decided to use ground cover plants to prevent weeds growing in the gaps between the stones in the walls of the flowerbed, between the plants in the flowerbed, etc.

I knew that moss phlox was common because I often saw it in my neighborhood gardens this spring, but I wondered if there were any other good plants.
I decided to search for others in order to plant additionally. The conditions are: the one likes sunshine, grows and spreads vigorously, being resistant to heat and cold, and the height is short because it will be planted not to interfere with other plants.
The candidates are as follows.

Veronica is famous as a ground cover plant and found a lot of information. I thought it would be nice as it has pretty flowers, but unfortunately I didn’t take this because this is a little vulnerable to the heat and humidity of summer and running out of water.

Rishimakia is good because it has beautiful colored leaves and thick leaves, but it prefers the shade than the place where it is exposed to direct sunlight.

Thymus quinquefolium is an herb found on Mt. Ibuki in Shiga, and it seems to be strong and fragrant. It has origin in Japan and I thought it would be suitable for the environment.

Mazus miquelii likes the sun, and it’s strong, okay to be stepped on. I thought it’s perfect for my flowerbed.

Phyla nodiflora also likes the sun, is strong, can withstand treading, and spreads well, but it has deep roots and is difficult to remove once planted, and probably destroying other plants in the flowerbed. As such, I didn’t take this.

Ophiopogon japonicus is often cultivated in the area where our house is located, and there was a great demand during the 1970s Expo and the 1990s Flower Expo, which I heard from our neighbor, and everyone could afford to build a good house.
This gave me a familiar feeling, and also this plant is good to give a Japanese taste in our garden. So I decided to take this and plant around the trees.
By the way, I did some research to do the lawn, but apparently it was difficult to maintain. Weeds would soon erode it, so unfortunately I gave up.

As above, I decided to plant Thymus quinquefolium, Mazus miquelii and Ophiopogon japonicus in addition to moss phlox.