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Awkward Soil Patch

We have an awkward gap on the outside of our boundary fence between the gravel boards and public footpath. The only thing that seems to grow in there is weeds.

It's about 5-6ins wide, not very deep, runs downhill and has direct sunlight all day.

Does anyone have any plant suggestions that would thrive in these conditions?

Thank you


  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Try some low growing alpines. Someone im sure will be able to give further advice, im not good on the names but have alook in local GC.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Thyme naturally grows in such conditions and is available in a wide variety of forms.  It won't grow very high but once established will act as ground cover and provide nectar for wildlife as well as being available for the kitchen.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Any of the lavenders would like those conditions, and they will bush up and fill the gap, plus provide nectar.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Good suggestions there. I have a similar strip on the outside of my fence and I'm just going to stick a line of heathers along it. I don't really like them, but it will provide easily maintained cover and is also good for wildlife especially at this time of year.

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,517
    The thyme idea is good but because you don't have a vast width to fill, the creeping variety would work well (hopefully). It layers nicely so spreads as far as you will allow it go. Bees love it. And it is evergreen so won't leave unsightly gaps in the winter. Of course, if you want to grow a particular plant, you can bet it won't co-operate.
  • Thank you everybody you've been so helpful. I think I'm going to try Thyme because I like to use it in my cooking.

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