Ideas for planting in a lump of tree

I have been given a load of firewood from a work colleague and amongst it all is this tree stump or trunk.



I had planned to use it as a bug pile to rot down in a corner of the garden, tucked behind Geranium and ferns and being a bit of a feature as well. However, seeing the RHS Tatton Park GreEnCo garden on the Gardeners World Tatton Park TV programme with the plants growing from the top of log piles I am wondering if there are any plants I can plant into any natural holes in it. I don't want to start growing Ivy over it just small plants. It's more or less in the position I want it in which is tuked away in a shady and damp spot.

Can anyone give me some suggestions for plants???




  • NickyBNickyB Posts: 69

    Maybe you could use some rockery plants? They might like this sort of environment? 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,226

    I'd be looking at small ferns

  • Stacey DochertyStacey Docherty Posts: 1,759

    I have a tree stump in my garden that has nay self set asplenium-scolopendrium growing from it it's very effective!!! I also have pots of hostas on top of the cut branches . Will take a pic tomorrow and upload it 

  • Stacey DochertyStacey Docherty Posts: 1,759


     Hope this works this site doesn't seem to like iPad uploads!!!!!

  • Many thanks for the fern ideas, I think I will go that way to add variety to the ferns already planted in the position I will be putting the stump

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