That's a link to last year's slightly massive thread on my 20-foot circle herb garden. This is a pic I took this morning for anyone who is interested. The arch is gone, thanks to a windstorm several weeks ago, and I don't plan on replacing it.
The south, where the maypop is no longer (windstorm) but the rosemary reigns. Is the St. John's wort getting out of hand? I mean seriously, it seems to be a lovely ground cover but I'm worried that it's going to strangle the dwarf pomegranate:
Here you see how the SJW is taking over. The pomegranate is the little thing between the small bamboo stakes. I just pulled quite a bit of SJW away from it. How worried should I be, if anyone knows? Or should I just let it go?
That's it for now. I'm so busy in the vegetable garden (you can see it WAY in the background in the first picture) that I hardly have time for the herbs. I picked 16 tomatoes this morning, and the fewest I've picked any day in the last couple of weeks is eight. Yum. 'Mater sandwiches.
LOL. Hey, it's only weed if you don't know a use for it!
Here's a pic of my St. John's (H. perforatum). It gets about 2-3 feet tall. You can tell if it is perforatum by taking one of the oval leaves and holding it to the sky, you should see little "holes" (they are oil glands) in the leaves. Hence the perforatum name.
Groundcovers are wonderful... they look good, help hold moisture in the soil, and keep down weeds. I do the same thing you did, pull them back a bit from any plant that's just getting started. If you pull up a big of your mystery plant and it seems to have fairly shallow roots, probably you don't have to worry about it strangling or out-competing anything else.
And here is a runner I pulled up. Any ideas, anyone? It does not have a strong smell -- just kind of smells like plant, if you know what I mean. No flowers, though I don't recall whether it flowered at all last year. I'll put these on the plant ID forum as well.
it sure does look like St. John's! Weird that it would be so low to the ground prior to blooming though. Can you see little holes in the flowers and leaves of your SJW when you hold it up to the sky? If so, it is Hypericum perforatum. Also, when you bruise the flower between your finger and thumb, your digits should turn red-purple.
Just realized this is the garden's third summer. There's still a lot of work to do on it, filling in spaces, etc., but most of what I've wanted is established. I've certainly learned a lot -- like don't let basil go to seed unless you really want lots of basil the next year, and don't even try to grow horehound in Texas! I'm realizing native plants really are the way to go. I'm sure a lot of what I have is exotic to Texas but still grows well, but (except for the veggie garden) I plan to stick with natives pretty much.