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Too much cement in flower bed

My hubbie is a hard landscaper and has transformed our garden with new fences and patios. I have spent the last 2 summers trying to disguise as much of the new fence as possible with honeysuckle and clematis but there are areas in the beds along the fences where nothing will grow - in fact plants die in certain spots! Ive tried digging down and out away from the fence but the amount of cement he used when putting in the fence posts means there is not much space for planting.

So, my question. what can i plant for good ground cover in between the climbers that dont need to be planted too deep.


  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Ajuga, Lamium, Ivy.

  • Can you not add some more topsoil to the beds so that you have a bit more depth for roots to get going on plants.

  • please dont use Ivy, it will take over and you'll spend your life trying to get rid of it.


    You could get OH to take out some of the concrete image

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    You could also try some of the geraniums - I  have an area which has 3 posts with trellis attached and some of the border has a fair bit of cement in it. I used '' Johnson's Blue and you also get the added attraction of millions of bees during flowering .

  • Sparklepinksunflower I wholeheartedly agree.  I'd also add Vinca (periwinkle) to that avoid list.  Pretty, but must be ruled with a rod of iron.

  • Train your climbers over the bald sections of wall.

  • bevers1bevers1 Posts: 1

    try sedum, sempervivums and saxifrages, we inherited some 'stonecrop' in our front, rock hard clay, south facing garden and it just spreads everywhere, so I just cut holes in it when I want to plant something else and I get flowers that the bees just love too- lots more friendly than that vinca!

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