Trailing plant ideas please

MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,923
I need a small trailing plant to suit a Japanese theme. I already have a ground cover blue conifer (juniperous squamata blue star) which is quite large and sprawls over a low wall (because it ran out of space!) It's something to fill the gaps near it that I need which will cover the ugly wall (50cm high approx).
I have some vinca I can put in, but think it might get out of hand!
Anyone know of a hardy trailing fushia which might look good? Not sure it will work with Japanese theme though?
Any other suggestions would be great, thanks.

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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,276
    So, you are looking for some trailer to plant into the wall itself?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,558
    If the conditions are right and you like the look of it, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (and other variations) is a cascading grass often used in Japanese themed gardens
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  • Jess is in the GardenJess is in the Garden Posts: 1,022
    edited 15 May
    Pete.8 said:
    If the conditions are right and you like the look of it, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (and other variations) is a cascading grass often used in Japanese themed gardens
    I love hakkonechloa Pete - used to have it in my old garden, where it had formed little mounds of cascading grass. Beautiful and useful in the shade.

    Mrs Garden, is your plot shady?
    Though not technically Japanese, there are "boulevard" clematis (have a look on Taylors Clematis site) that grow up to max 1m high (some are even shorter) and flower for 6 months of the year too, that like any aspect and look like useful 'fillers' on a bare wall or to cover bare stems of a taller plant even.
    I'm planning to use them along a bare fence I have.
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,011
    The variegated Vinca minor ( blue flowers ) tend to be less rampant than the more common one.
    Prostrate Rosemary ?
    Can't think of anything particularly Japanese - sorry :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 16,471
    Have a look at this article about working in a Japanese garden.  It suggests, amongst other things, ferns, grasses, sedums and ophiopogon for creeping ground cover 

    https://realjapanesegardens.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/the-most-popular-plants-in-japanese-private-gardens/ 
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  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,923
    Thanks for the comments.

    It's to hang over the wall rather than plant into it.
    Hakenacholoa macra aureus looks perfect, will check the conditions.
    Love the clematis idea for another space.
    Vica is already growing there so I'll probably leave it and keep it in check until I get the Hakie. Not sure about the rosemary, although scent is important.
    The website has given me some ideas too - not thought of lysimachia and I have some I can steal from another patch. Black grass and heuchera also. I'm going to have a look at Leopard plant (Farfuium japonicum)as well.

    Wow, thanks everyone I think it's sorted and not too expensive! Just need OH to get a move on with landscaping...
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,011
    MrsGarden said:
    Thanks for the comments.



    Wow, thanks everyone I think it's sorted and not too expensive! Just need OH to get a move on with landscaping...
    Ah - there's always a hold up Mrs. Garden - usually known as an OH :D
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,923
     :D 
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