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1. Turf grass. Using grass always a good option, particularly if it's already incorporated into your landscape. Plant the grass seed or sod after your pavers are installed.
If you set it up correctly, you should be able to just go over the pavers and grass with a mower. "Pavers are always slightly self-maintaining too," says Sivgals. "If they're in the sun, they can get hot enough to where nothing's really going to grow on top of them."
2. Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum), USDA zones 4-8. This is a plant that does well in full sun, so place it in a hot, sunny path. Like the thyme you're used to using in cooking, it has rounded leaves and a wonderful fragrance. But unlike its counterpart, creeping thyme grows nice and low to the ground (usually not more than 2 centimeters tall), and is extremely tough. It will grow in very difficult soils and can handle inconsistent watering.
6. Dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), USDA zones 6-11. Dwarf mondo grass is a small, dark grass that grows in 4-inch tall clumps. It's much sturdier than the larger version and does best in filtered sunlight, though it can withstand full sunlight fairly well.
Also called dwarf monkey grass, dwarf mondo grass can retain its lush green color even under drought conditions. It's pest resistant and only needs to be mowed once a year. They plants are slow growers, so it may take a while for them to fill out like those in the photo above.
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