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Planting in a small gravel boarder


I've got a small gravel boarder down the side of my drive way up against a fence, its very small only 10 inch wide but about 20 metres long, its south facing so gets some sun but not all the time.

Can anyone suggest any plants that could go there all the way along, was thinking of daff's but would like something a bit different and perhaps all year round.

Any help would be great, thanks.


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,114

    Are you looking for something low growing, or do you want to cover the fence Tommy? Also, do you want a mixture of planting or the same plant all the way along?

    If you want to hide the fence, you could attach wires and put climbers in  - Clematis for instance. There are loads of choices for that. If there's good drainage, you could have things like Thyme (low growing) and Rosemary (taller but  there's a low growing one too) which are both evergreen.  Lavender would also do well there and needs the same conditions  (also evergreen) and you could have an impressive hedge to look at.  Some of the smaller Hebes would also do a similar job (the bigger ones would spread too much for the size of border)  and would also create a very smart uniform look. You may want to think about colours you like too - I'm sure you have preferences there - and it also depends how much  time you want to spend maintaining the border.

    That's just a few suggestions to think about.  Hope I've not confused you too much! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,114

    We crossed there Verd. I agree -a repeat planting is always best for narrow areas, hence my Hebe and Lavender suggestions image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • thanks for the replies, loving the herb ideas and things more scented as i have a 1 year old and she would love it. Hiding the fence i never thought of, so ill look at that as well, but dont realy want it to spill on to the drive. You've given us loads of ideas now, will have a think, Thanks again. 

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