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soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

Recently, the fencing surrounding the front garden was replaced (by my landlord). To do this, in some places, new fence posts were put in. This means that I now have several areas at the front of the garden with concrete, for the old and new posts.

They overdid the concrete in places and I did remove some of it before it set. And, I don't want to dig out the borders to remove any more of the concrete. Mainly because of the disruption to plants but also because when I created the borders I dug down to the base clay and remember what hard work that was.

So I would love to have some suggestions as to what flowering plants you would suggest for areas with shallow soil, ranging from a couple of centimetres to about 15cm in depth.

Sedums and similar plants I'm aware of and have some growing already. I also know from experience that aquilegia do well in these conditions. Suggestions can be for annuals, biennials, or perennials, but not shrubs or climbers.

I've already done some research but would like some input from those with experience.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,477

    Hi soulboy. Have to given any thought to alpines? Saxifrages, Sempervivums, Thymes, Helianthemums.

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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

    Hi Ladybird4, sorry for the late thank you, I've been offline. I already have some sempervivums and saxifrage, although the saxifrage I have is a bit too deep rooted for the places I need to fill.

    I will certainly have a look at your other suggestions.

    Last edited: 11 June 2016 09:28:47

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,548

    CREEPING THYME? 

     

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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

    Hi pansyface, thanks for your response I'll certainly have a look at that. BTW, I posted this request at the time that people were boycotting the site because of your suspension, which I didn't know about at the time.

    I've been trying to find a thread that explains what happened, unsuccessfully. Can you provide me with a link or a brief explanation. It sounded completely unjustified and I'm glad to see you back.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    The thread was Progress Update soulboy  image

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,548

    THANK YOU SOULBOY. I AM GLAD TO BE BACK.

    I CERTAINLY FELT AS IF I HAD BEEN SUSPENDED. BY THE EARS.

    MIND HOW YOU GO.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    pansyface says:

    THANK YOU SOULBOY. I AM GLAD TO BE BACK.

    I CERTAINLY FELT AS IF I HAD BEEN SUSPENDED. BY THE EARS.

    MIND HOW YOU GO.

    See original post

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  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

    Thanks Fairygirl!

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