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Any suggestions for ground cove that isn't too invasive, no more than 10cm high, fairly pale in colour (lime green or silver grey would be great), doesn't have to flower but if it does, whites or blues preferred.

Oh and it needs to be very hardy, and would be planted in sun/ partial shade.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,116

    I've just planted some Cerastium along my fence. Grey/silver foliage with small white flowers, hence the nickname - snow in summer. 

    I made what is basically a long window box on the fence, and have been playing around with various bits and pieces which will thrive in it. White/cream/yellow flowered is the main theme. I also have a prostrate Phlox, whose name escapes me, but is also white flowered in spring, and an Arabis, also white flowered. These all cope with neglect and take dry conditions. We get a lot of rain but they have excellent drainage which is what they all prefer. The fence is north west facing, but the box gets a fair bit of sun because of it's location. 

    Dianthus would probably suit you well too - there are plenty of pale and white flowering varieties. image

    Last edited: 21 July 2017 20:06:32

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks fairygirl.

    I like the look of the cerastium, it looks to be very hardy too! I have the prostrate phlox, a lovely plant, and some dianthus too. I want something to plant close to two topiary rabbits (bit of fun really), they stand out well in the winter, but can get a little lost in the summer, so the grey foliage would help set them off.

    Last edited: 21 July 2017 20:20:10

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    What about Viola Cornuta 'Alba' or 'Boughton Blue', the Horned Pansy. Very neat and does not spread too far. Very long lived plants if you have some semi-shade and moist but free draining soil. 

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    I've a plant that came with the house, called Anthemis punctata, it's low growing, grey-green foliage which is faintly aromatic.  The flowers are white daisies the size of a 2p coin.  It's drought hardy, likes sun, and I've found it very easy to propagate from cuttings.

  • Borderline, I've lost horned pansies in the past in that part of the garden, it can get too dry, and I seem to recall slug damage too, I have a different type of viola (heart shaped leaves and white flowers) which thrives, although there is a little damage from something making smallish holes in the leaves. 

    Josusa47, that looks interesting, I may have problems with a really cold winter (I live in a frost pocket, and we have had double figure frosts on occaision).

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