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Which plants for a spot like this?

I am thinking of making a path similar to this one, it would be narrower, so planting areas would be the size of one big slab. This would be along a fence that is south-facing. 
Can anyone advise what perennial plants would look good here? I would maybe add some summer bedding for colour at the edges.  Thanks.  


  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,762
    Well there are thousands of perennials! I think it depends on a number of factors, whereabouts are you and what sort of climate? What kind of soil do you have - heavy clay, light and sandy, chalky? Is it acid or alkaline? What style is your garden or what would you like it to be - contemporary, cottage, jungle.. 

    What will look good depends on what will grow well and work well within the specific context according to all of the above. Could you give us a little bit more information and ideally some photos of the intended planting space?
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • In principle you’ll need plants that stay looking groomed year-round and don’t fall over onto the path. Landscape designers use things like Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ or Liriope muscari in situations like this to achieve the kind of crisp, tailored look you see there. Hardy geraniums that aren’t too rustic-looking would work too—things like Geranium sanguineum or x cantabrigiense can be used to make a neat carpet that you can trim to shape. I’d also think of dwarf Agapanthus for the purpose, if your conditions are right—Bali Hai nursery has several possibilities.

    Certain compact grasses or Carex would also work, such as Pennisetum ‘Hameln’, providing they are not going to outgrow their welcome and you have drained soil and sun.
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