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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:17 am    Post subject: Ground cover for side of embankment? Reply with quote

I'm looking for a ground cover plant for the side of an embankment. I've seen a plant that looks a but like a briar i.e. same shape leaves, thorny stem etc. but much softer and grows close to the ground, it has a purple tint in the leaves. Any ideas what this is?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crosseyedsheep have a look at this pic, as I think it contains the plant you mean.....



On the right side of the raised bed you will see a sprawling plant, this is Rubus tricolor, also known as Chinese bramble.
It has red prickly (not sharp, just abrasive) stems with glossy leaves, hairy beneath.
It produces white flowers in summer for me, and is reputed to produce red fruit after, but my location is a bit breezy for that.
Grows like mad. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the one, you're a star. is this easy enough to come by? I know someone who has some how does it propogate?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like yourself GPI, my site is pretty exposed, I have a bank about 200 foot long and 8 foot wide, had thought of doing the cover job but I know it would be blown away. Looking for something that will flourish in an exposed site, something that will grow thick and like wildfire, something that will be low growing and will be dense enough to supress weeds. OK the million dollar question, 'anybody got any idea's' please. Idea Idea Idea
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crosseyedsheep wrote:
That's the one, you're a star. is this easy enough to come by? I know someone who has some how does it propogate?


One out of every two garden centres should have a few pots of it lying around.
You will often find it in the bargain section of the garden centres as it tends not to shift too quickly.

To propagate, I suggest the easy method of simple layering, see point 3 in this post...... http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=867

It seems to root everywhere it touches soil or bark mulch, much like the creeping buttercup. Very Happy
You could even dig up a load of your friends already rooted stems if you are allowed.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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much like the creeping buttercup.


Err, I don't want to go there.

Regarding layering, can it be done any time of the year, I'm guessing it can be done anytime while there's growth?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AJ wrote:
Like yourself GPI, my site is pretty exposed, I have a bank about 200 foot long and 8 foot wide, had thought of doing the cover job but I know it would be blown away. Looking for something that will flourish in an exposed site, something that will grow thick and like wildfire, something that will be low growing and will be dense enough to supress weeds. OK the million dollar question, 'anybody got any idea's' please. Idea Idea Idea


AJ, Have a look at the following in your local garden centre.......

Juniperus communis

Juniperus horizontalis

Cotoneaster dammeri

Vinca major

Lonicera pileata

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Regarding layering, can it be done any time of the year, I'm guessing it can be done anytime while there's growth?


Yup, early spring to mid summer being the best.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do, many thanks GPI, Wink
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