There are groundcovers and there are what I call “ground huggers”. The ground huggers are the carpets of the garden. The tighter and lower a groundcover hugs the ground, the less chance a weed can sprout. I mulch these xeric plants with gravel. The natural limestone holds a bit of moisture making an ideal culture for these lovely purples.
At about 11 o-clock you can see Globularia cordifolia dwarf. It’s flowers are little puple pom poms. In the middle you can see a prickly ball which is, Prickly Dianthus, Acantholimon hohenackeri. Blooming up front is Bressingham Thyme
The lovely, larger purple flower is: Silky Rock Jasmine, androsace primula "chumby"
This is a view from the back garden. On the left you’ll notice the purple kool-aid scented Variegated Iris. Next to it our native white Penstemon Grandiflorus. Up close on the right side is a Meadow Rue, Thalicturm . The fragrant purple rose is Reine de Violettes. But the “star” of the post is the Lavender Thyme (thymus preacox skorpilii) growing in between the pink limestone path. The Lavender Thymes started with two or three tiny plants. It is a delight.
I previously did a post on this 33 Foot Long Arbor. The beautiful purple ground cover is Blue Wooley Speedwell, veronica pectinata,