Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) is by pretty much everyone’s standards a first class weed.
It’s a weed in my food forest for sure, having some spots it’s quite happy. I’ve found that once you get familiar, it’s quite friendly as a ground cover.
I have several spots I pull up everything but the Creeping Charlie making a thick, low mat around the base of preferred plants. As long as these get a
chance to establish and stay above the cover (which isn’t hard. In very good cases creeping charlie will grow only 3 inches tall) they don’t mind at all.
If during establishment things look a little overwhelmed, I just scrape up the stuff like cobwebs to give a bit of respite. Once it grows back things work out well.
As I mentioned here before, I find its tiny blue flowers peeping out from under the cute rounded leaves quite attractive. There is even a variegated form if you want to get fancy. Companion Plants is the only place I’ve seen it available, but you might find it somewhere else.
A friend of mine whose been exploring what a yard can do when you let it do its own thing has a gorgeous patch of it in the middle of his front yard I hardly even recognized at first.
After seeing that I got the idea of a monoculture of creeping charlie for a lawn rather than a monoculture of grass. You wouldn’t have to mow!
I think it would be pretty. Any thoughts?