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How to Grow a Living Garden Rug with Pretty Ground Cover Plants

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Do you love the feel of soft moss and cool ground cover plants under your feet? Grow a living garden rug this season with hearty, low-lying perennials and create a living work of art right under your feet.

Use herbs, plants, and moss that grow densely and employ a range of colors and textures to make your garden sing.

Gardening can be a fantastic way to relax, get in touch with the earth, and indulge your creativity. Got a green thumb? Level up your garden with a living rug that you design!

How to Grow a Garden Rug

  1. Map out your garden on graph paper before you buy any plants. Look for inspiration in your favorite textiles, global designs, or geometric patterns. Don’t get too crazy with a super intricate design on your first try; sometimes less is more.
  2. Choose the right plants: hearty, ground cover plants that will stand up to footsteps and afternoon naps (see our list below). Consider the foliage’s color as well as its shape and size. Each type of plant offers a unique visual texture.
  3. Try before you buy. Take your graph paper design to the gardening store and set plants together in order to see how they look. Prepare to be flexible if you can’t find the plants you want or if something different strikes your fancy.
  4. Plant your garden rug! Be sure to start with an even surface and use high-quality, organic soil. Nestle plants close together and water your garden well while it’s taking root. Afterward, keep your garden’s soil moist but well-drained.
  5. Maintain your design. Use an electric hedge trimmer (or scissors if you’re a perfectionist) to prune your garden rug and keep it even. To preserve the integrity of your design, you’ll need to periodically redefine its inner borders. Plunge a long knife deep into the ground between plant types to stop runners and roots from spreading

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