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I have a gravelled area of 40 square metres. I would like to plant low growing gound cover ( 4 to 6 inches high ) prolific flowering or multi coloured leaf possibly. What do you think of 'Heuchera ?'.

Any suggestions please ?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,752

    You don't say if it's in sun or shade. Gravel gardens are usually in sun with draught tolerant plants.Heuchera likes a bit of shade. You could look up Beth Chatto who created a superb gravel garden. Heuchera's are taller than 6 inches. You could use rockery plants as you are talking about quite low growing plants. You could use Google to look for plants for gravel gardens    is a site that tells you about them and suggests plants.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thank you for the info'

    I would say the area is about 50% in shade - northerly facing.

    Many thanks.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Have you considered sedums or sempervivums. I have some lovely red sedums that wuld make interesting ground cover in gravel.

  • Thanks Kate,

    I'll take a look at them too.

    All the best.

    Keep the info' coming.

  • Had a look at the website you mentioned yesterday - plenty of info' - thank you. Like the look of sedums and sempervivums too.

    Keep ideas coming please.

    Many thanks.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Rock garden plants like aubretia, wonderful herbs like thyme, of which there are many kinds. A friend has just allowed lupins and poppies to self seed in a gravelled area and it looks splendid. Or there are many grasses, tall and short.

  • How do I get poppies to self seed ?  I have weed fabric under the gravel.

    Any suggestions please ?

    I've made a note of all your other suggestions. Very helpful - thank you all.

  • If you have a membrane under the gravel self-scattered seeds will be unable to grow, even if they germinate in the gravel, as they will be unable to put roots down into the soil.  

    So, if you want your poppies to spread you should gather the seeds as the pods ripen, and sow the seeds in a seed tray and then pot on until you have sturdy plants.  Then scrape back the gravel and cut a cross in the membrane where you want the plants to grow, fold the corners under and plant them in the soil (adding some soil improver/compost etc ).

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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