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Evergreen ground cover under Laurel hedge

My 6 foot Laurel hedge screens my garden from the footpath. Unfortunately, the bottom of the hedge is quite bear and the footpath is visible when I'd prefer it not to be (see photos below). 

I am looking for a suitable evergreen groundcover plant that can be grown underneath and kept to a maximum of 12" height, complementing the Laurel as well as screening the footpath.

I am not looking for anything too woody or 'stemy' but something rather leafy and capable of growing with medium levels of light (moderate shade). Any help is appreciated.




Ben Peat.


  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    Vinca minor or major?

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Geranium macrorrhizum will grow in dry areas with poor soil, pink or white. 

    Last edited: 01 May 2017 14:58:23

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Alchemilla mollis may also be ok but it does die back in the winter. Vinca minor would be better - major will grow up through the hedge - but minor will not grow tall, it will keep lying down as ground cover. The geranium may be your best bet if you can get it established. 

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  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    Friend has vinca minor (white) Gertude Jekyll under her hedge.  It looks fantastic, beautiful size flowers, look great on glum shady days and bright sunny days under the hedge.

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