Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby ChoccyCake » January 24th, 2018, 11:04 am

Yes I know that it's a bit early to be thinking of what to be planting in the
late Spring or summer. I have and had the idea, two weeks ago, got
as far thinking of ground cover plants that are ok in acid loving soil.
London clay, I mean. I have thought of lavenders, heathers also
lemon balm.

There are a few young children in the block of flats, ground cover would
be nice (I think) so that they could see them as they grow bigger.
Also wildlife friendly. EG bees, butterflies, moths and birds.

Do you have any ideas? It'll be helpful and I'll be grateful

Thanks Sally
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Phillip Phlopp » January 24th, 2018, 12:10 pm

Wild* heliotrope is a good ground cover and it flowers in late December/early January here in Pembrokeshire. The large round leaves seem to be there all year

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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby turnipsock » January 24th, 2018, 12:47 pm

I've got Hosta corner in our garden (with slug pellets).
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby ChoccyCake » January 24th, 2018, 1:22 pm

turnipsock wrote:I've got Hosta corner in our garden (with slug pellets).

TS thanks but there are already a few slug eaten Hostas in the garden.

Phloppy did you know that heliotrope can be poisonous so not very
good for chidren under 5 years old.
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Undie » January 24th, 2018, 11:22 pm

Blue circle do a cracking range of ground covering
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Gaspode » January 24th, 2018, 11:29 pm

Slabs or tarmac are also very good low maintenence options....
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Caroline » January 25th, 2018, 12:17 am

Lavender is good but you need to cut them back after flowering otherwise they get long and leggy and eventually very woody. Heathers also need to be trimmed back right after flowering otherwise they get woody too.

What else is in the garden?
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby ChoccyCake » January 25th, 2018, 1:16 am

Caroline wrote:Lavender is good but you need to cut them back after flowering otherwise they get long and leggy and eventually very woody. Heathers also need to be trimmed back right after flowering otherwise they get woody too.

What else is in the garden?

Caroline, that is a good question, the garden I am asking about has trees and bushes on 3 sides also topiary bushes, at the back there's a laurel, ivy hedge thingy. but I've planted some spring bulbs that's depending on which ones
the squirrels haven't taken. Plus ivy on the side flower beds.
Other side, a few bushes, big spruce tree. Forsythis. (small birds like it)
an acer/japanese maple. Privet bush/tree. Fuschia bushes. Roses, lavenders
rosemary I prune those. But last year some poisonous bushes were removed
that's why there is space for ground cover. I hope this helps a bit.

I know that lavenders do and can get woody because in September 2016,
I cut back a rather woody lavender made it into 2 bushes. Last summer
2017 it came into flower early for months. Bees liked it a lot.

The heather that we have is tiny then it's planted underneath a big
hydrangea. Not my doing.

Anymore ideas are welcome x
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Phillip Phlopp » January 25th, 2018, 9:23 am

Gaspode wrote:Slabs or tarmac are also very good low maintenence options....


I'd recommend A Beginners Guide To Laying Patios by Fred West
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Caroline » January 25th, 2018, 10:12 am

Naughty boy PP.......... :)
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby ChoccyCake » January 25th, 2018, 11:50 am

Phillip Phlopp wrote:I'd recommend A Beginners Guide To Laying Patios by Fred West


Phloppy, it's a communal garden for all of my neighbours to use, which
they do in the summertime. No thanks to patios anyway all of the
trees have (TPOs) tree preservation orders on them. So before a tree
surgery company can do anything, they have to get permission from
the council as will happen in the second week of February.
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They are both black and white.



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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby Sandra » January 25th, 2018, 1:12 pm

This might help Sally.

We've got the Black Scallop in our garden and it looks really pretty.
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby LisaJ » January 25th, 2018, 2:23 pm

Sandra wrote:This might help Sally.

We've got the Black Scallop in our garden and it looks really pretty.


The ajuga's a great one for groundcover, very low growing.

The picture of the tiarella is really pretty for something a bit lighter in colour.

Heuchera's are good too and come in a variety of leaf colour from lime green to a dark winey-bronze.

One of my personal favourites is geraniums. I have geranium album which is a low growing one, among many others!
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Re: Ground Cover for the garden. Ideas please?

Postby ChoccyCake » January 25th, 2018, 4:26 pm

Sandra wrote:This might help Sally.

We've got the Black Scallop in our garden and it looks really pretty.

Sandra, thanks, I think that we might already have Black Scallop because a former neighbour had planted a lot of small green leaved ground cover, they
had a lot of rust infection. Unknown to my former neighbour, I slowly
removed it. She also planted loads of sedum. That's died or been dug up.
I don't know which. I want flowering if possible scented ground cover.

[quote="LisaJ"]Sandra wrote:
This might help Sally.

We've got the Black Scallop in our garden and it looks really pretty.


The ajuga's a great one for groundcover, very low growing.

The picture of the tiarella is really pretty for something a bit lighter in colour.

Heuchera's are good too and come in a variety of leaf colour from lime green to a dark winey-bronze.

One of my personal favourites is geraniums. I have geranium album which is a low growing one, among many others!
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Lisa, thanks I like the idea of a mini geraniums but are they child friendly.
I don't want to blamed for a child get ill etc.
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They are both black and white.



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