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Plants to out compete weeds

So I'm reading through this month's Seed Club page and read the suggestion...

"Turn your driveway into a mini gravel garden by sprinkling a little compost then sowing drought-tolerant annuals like love-in-a-mist (Nigella) and calendula in patches among the gravel. They relish the dry, sunny conditions – and look gorgeous, too."

and this set me thinking, would these flowers be just as at home if I sowed them in the courses between the paving stones of my driveway, hopefully out competing the weeds?

There is a line of weeds that grow down either side of my driveway where the car doesn't disturb them and I am sick to the back teeth of pulling, cutting, chopping and boiling them just to have them reappear a week later. Could the above idea work, or if not with the suggested flowers, what others, maybe some kind of ground covering plant/flower, that could push aside the weeds and replace them with something pleasant to look at?

Any ideas would be much appreciated. image


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    Harebells grow between the stones on a friend's patio and Salvia sylvestris on mine 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,898

    Creeping thyme creeps and flowers too.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • MistwalkerMistwalker Posts: 65

    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. Time to do some studying and see which one to try. image

  • MistwalkerMistwalker Posts: 65

    Thanks for the suggestion, Tetley. I'll certainly keep it in mind but I'd just ordered a couple of packets of Creeping thyme seeds just minutes before seeing your post so I'll give those a try fist and see what happens. image

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