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Advice on suitable ground cover please

we have a patch of bare soil next to a concrete drive. the soil is only around 2" deep but fairly large on well drained hardcore. nearby is an area of love in a mist, which lovely as they are keep dropping seeds and getting bigger by the year. i do not want them to encroach on the new bare area,  i am looking for suggestions for a suitable plant that will give good ground cover after spreading fast and come back each year.

your views welcomed



  • FireFire Posts: 17,318
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Purple-leaved Bugle.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    edited March 2018
    If it's a shady area, or semi shaded area, you could try Vinca Minor or Houttuynia Cordata 'Chameleon'. If it's quite sunny there, I think both Erigeron Karvinskianus and Campanula Portenschagiana can thrive in the shallow soil.
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,098
    Good suggestions there. I have sedums and thymes in a shallow bed. Alchemilla Mollis will spread even in poor soil (in fact it may spread too much!). Some of the hardy Geraniums might do ok - if it's sunny then Rozanne is pretty. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,318
    Isn't two inches a bit shallow for geraniums?
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,328
    I would also use Sedum's, in particular varieties Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' or 'Atropurpureum', both very similar.  They need very little soil.
    The foliage is dark burgundy, very hardy, mine are popping through the ground now, and so easy to propagate, just break bits off and push into soil where you want, and more will grow very quickly..   sharp drainage essential.
    East Anglia, England
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    I have a bit beside my driveway which has a "carpet" of saxifrage. It grows like lovely mossy looking humps, is green all year round and flowers in the summer.
    Also, doesn't mind being stepped on occasionally.
  • Thankyou all of you for your feedback

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Saxifrages. or Tom Thumbs.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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