pathway and shade garden help
I want to put a 25 ft long flagstone path in my back yard and have been to the local landscaping company to price out the rocks and the base materials. I plan on having the stones loosely arranged more like stepping stones with some ground covers in patches in between.
I was told to put down 3 inches of road base and float the stones in an inch of sand, then cover it with a layer of something for aesthetics. My question is how to insert the groundcover and will they grow from the soil through the 4 inches of gravel/sand or should I just use dirt instead of sand? I've been considering using small woodchips between the stones rather than small gravel to be more friendly for the ground cover and wonder if this is a bad idea.
Also, I have raised be that is in part to deep shade and need ideas for plants that will do well in zone 7-9.