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Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193

inwant to plant something that will help to suppress weeds. Iwould like it quite short And would create a blanket round my plants any ideas please.

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  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Ruby, is the ground cover for an area with shrubs?

    SW Scotland
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,479

    I like hardy Geraniums - they will cover from Spring until frosts and some, like Rozanne, flower all Summer.

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-hardy-geraniums

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193

    No joyce it's large plants both full sun and andsemi shade. Thanks for responding.

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  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193

    Thanks aunt Rach.

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  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Ruby, as well as hardy geraniums I use Galium Odoratum - woodruff- in shade and semi-shade. Low growing, evergreen with white flowers.  East just to pull out bits if it spreads too far.

    SW Scotland
  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193

    Joyce I tried to get hold of some woodruff. I couldnt find any round here . Will have to go on to internet . Thank you. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,478

    If the soil isn't too dry, Heucheras and their relatives are good, Ruby. Tiarellas and Heucherellas. Lots of foliage colours. They take sun as long as they don't get too dried out. Ferns and grasses too, if you like them.  

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  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193

    Thanks fairy girl.

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  • For shade ajuga, creeping jenny, and lamiums spread well, but can border on a bit invasive as they spread so much!!

    For sun I love lambs ear and thymes, great for bees too!

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,642

    If you have a sunny border and it's quite free draining, then soapwort, Saponaria Ocymoides 'Tumbling Ted' will do the work. Evergreen, and neat low growing. Will weave itself and tumble over rock edges. 

    If you want an informal look Ornamental Strawberries like Fragaria 'Lipstick' or 'Pink Panda' are perfect. They usually have almost shiny leaves and nice shaped flowers that dot itself on and off weaving its way around gaps and under shrubs. Can do well in shade. A lovely plant to have if you like the woodland style planting schemes. 

    Last edited: 23 July 2017 23:58:32

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