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Plants that grow along the ground, say a foot wide?


 
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Larry
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:08 am    Post subject: Plants that grow along the ground, say a foot wide? Reply with quote

Hello All

I am looking for some ideas. I am looking for a plant that grows along the ground, say a foot wide, but to grow right down the garden. It needs to be low maintanence.

Any ideas, please pass them on?

Cheers

Larry

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many heathers will do this as well as varieties of thyme. But how is the area for sun/shade and what is the soil type like.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Armeria known as sea thrift could also be used. But again it is dependant on full sun. Do you have that Larry?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Cooler

I have it most of the day ok.

Thanks very much

Larry
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry my Mum has this beautiful seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus)in her garden.

It is a brilliant ground cover and flowers profusely almost all year round. Lovely lilac daisies with yellow centers. Its an excellent coastal plant too. People constantly stop and ask for cuttings!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Erigeron_glaucus_AM.jpg

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi,is Erigon a wild flower?or is it something i get from the garden centre?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Larry,
Erigeron was the one that sprang to mind before reading your replies. It is in most garden centres and it is very underrated plant. It dosen't look much in a pot but when it spreads and flowers it is really eye catching . I have it growing here in Donegal beside a contrast plant Anthemis ( puncata cupaniana ) which has silvery grey foliage and daisy like white flowers which compliment the lilac pink of the Erigeron.
They are both bombproof and a fairly robust hack back of this years faded flowers will ensure renewed growth for the new year. As an added bonus both are evergreen and you can leave the pruning till early spring if you don't like a bare look.

Doctor Robert.
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