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Hi does any body know what plants suit stony area - lots of different sizes of stones.

That's if there is any plant that would not mind being in stones with not much soil right at the base of the stones.

Do I need to add a bit of compost to the area? Would that help for any plant?

It is in full sun about 50cms long by 30cms wide.

Any help would be good 

Hampshire Gardener


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,364

    A mixture of Thyme varieties might be nice and some miniature bulbs for the spring?


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 4,170

    what sort of bulbs like these conditions

    Hampshire Gardener
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,161

    I don't think there are many plants that would grow in stones without much soil. You could look up plants for rock gardens but they are usually on the small side. Sedums might manage if you gave them a bit of compost.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,364

    species tulips should make it. crocuses probably and any of those bulbs that like really good drainage. Not narcissi.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    You can still have poor drainage even with stony soil so check that before planting anything.

    If well drained then almost any alpine plant would grow there. Campanulas, Silverf Saxifrages, Sedums, Dianthus and dozens more. Just keep them watered until the roots have managed to spread out under the stones.

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