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Nasturtiums as path edging

I've just been admiring some pictures of this in Monet's famous garden.

Has anyone used them this way in a more reasonably-sized garden? I have a neighbour who covers our shared fence with them and I must say, they have (figuratively) grown on me. Pros / cons?


  • B3B3 Posts: 21,535
    Black fly? Trip hazard? 
    Bright cheerful fast growing edible.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,450
    I don't grow them to edge paths as such, but I do let them seed into the gravel in the back garden, which is all gravelled now since I took the lawn out last year.
    Not many make it due to our winters, but I sometimes just sow a little amount in the gravel in various areas. Very useful for breaking up an area, with no great maintenance needed other than deadheading - unless you want them to seed of course.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,161
    I’m planning on using them to edge my broadbean bed this year - as a black fly decoy.  Saw it done successfully (well it appeared successful anyway 😉) at Sissinghurst and Sarah Ravens last year so 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,370
    The only problem might be' unless your path is fairly wide, it will be totally covered by them.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • That's a good point, punkdoc. I like your idea fairygirl of dotting them about in a gravelled area. I have a few lacunae in my lawn and ugly patches around the paved bit by the back door which might be brightened up by nasturtiums...

    Terrific summary, B3. 😁

    Is Sarah Raven's garden nice then, chicky? I am not quite sure who she is, other than a seller of slightly overpriced plants. To Google...
  • Nasturtiums seem one of the easiest flowers to grow. Why not can't see any problem. Alaska varieties have nice foliage too.
    Happy Gardening
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