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Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193
Hi I am looking for a low growing plant to grow between flag stones . The area is very hot in Summer and very cold in winter. I live in West Yorks. I have tried several thymes ,they all died.
Also camomile that also died. Any ideas please? 
 Occasional flights into reality. B) 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157
    What will they be growing in, what's under the flagstones?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193
    I layed the flagstones myself so I do know that they are layed on sand. But the sand is not very deep ,a couple of inches ,ordinary garden soil under the sand.
     Occasional flights into reality. B) 
  • Fleabane, little daisy like flowers that’s flower all summer....can be a little invasive.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    If somewhat invasive weeds are on the table, how about Oxalis corniculata?
    I imported some in a batch of sharp sand I think.  The purple leaved variety is quite pretty and as tough as old boots.  Had to learn to love it.. ;) 
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Or grass? Grass has self-seeded around my flags (I don't have a lawn). By June or so, it looks pretty; subtle green edging, not enough to need managing. Also oregano here and there.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    You could try Pseudofumaria Lutea or Campanula Portenschlagiana or Poscharskyana. They're tough as old boots too.
  • micearguersmicearguers Posts: 614
    Acaenas can be very nice - microphylla, novae-zelandiae. Great Dixter has an acaena in the paving in the sunk garden.

  • AlchemistAlchemist Posts: 268
    Second Grimble. Erigeron karvinskianus aka Mexican flea bean covers cracks etc in no time and happily layers. In my last rented place, we had this in places that weed loved as ground cover and have introduced this to our new place as well. I cut them right back in spring (to nothing) and pull all the new comers (which comes out fairly easily) and so far have  not yet seen this spread to other border/ lawn etc than one it’s already in. 
  • Some sedums can be used in this way, but I would go with Erigeron karvinskianus. I’m in West Yorks and it doesn’t grow too well in my garden, let alone become invasive, but worth a try.
  • AlchemistAlchemist Posts: 268
     Acaenas flowers look like sea urchins. Have not come across these or Campanulas. Both look v. attractive. Attaching a picture that I just came across from crocus website, that shows both Campanula portenschlagiana (purple) and Erigeron karvinskianus side by side. 
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