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iceice Posts: 332

We have a patch of stones in our driveway that form a flower bed or sorts. Looking for ideas, it's poorly looked after at the moment and looks a mess. Need ideas to brighten up, be fairly low maintenance as just me that does gardening.

 

It also needs to survive my car sometimes driving over and parking on the edge. 

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  • iceice Posts: 332

    It appears to have posted twice. Sorry

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198

    Do you mean the bit on the right that has some bits and pieces growing just now?

    Euonymous would be fine there - it's pretty robust in any situation. A few spring bulbs as well. You could have an edging of thyme if the soil's free draining and it's sunny-ish. It won't mind being driven over occasionally either image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • iceice Posts: 332
    Yup the whole patch. There's mostly tarmac but then this bes covered in gravel. The gravel looks a mess and annoys me. But my car as seen has to sit on part of it overnight/weekends. The bush seems out of place and boring. Not quite sure what it is. Just need some insipiration
  • what about Lavender?

    grows well in gravel, great for bees.

    lovely colour and aroma, when you get in and out of your car.

     

  • iceice Posts: 332

    Ooh herbs I like. It's a big area, my old focus could sit on whole area. From the other angle

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  • KornoKorno Posts: 99

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     Oh dear yours is massive, i don't know what to do with my ugly gravel bit either imageimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198

    Low growing shrubs. As mentioned - Euonymous, also  Hebes, and even just Lonicera nitida which can be trimmed occasionally to keep it in check. If you don't have alkaline soil, Cryptomeria will form a mound and looks like a little fir tree. None of those will require much attention and you can add the odd perennial or bulb for seasonal interest through the middle, or at the parts furthest from the car.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • KornoKorno Posts: 99

    Very handy tips, thank you

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    I've got the centre of my driveway planted with alpines,

    the site is sloping, well drained, full sun and covered with gravel, perfect for alpines, you make sure you leave a gap where the tyres of your car sometimes drives across, make sure the plants closest to that point can take some standing on (creeping thyme is great), use short alpines otherwise you hit them with your car as you drive on and let it grow!

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