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Dovefromabove

Even my newly planted bergenia in another bed is about a foot wide - I think those lovely big shiny leaves would get trashed by the wheelie bins.

Salino

..I would think twice about planting this Geranium in a 6 inch width....it has an indefinite spread and would be almost impossible to contain in such a small space..

..this one was planted as a single stem with root 4 years ago...it's now 4 foot wide each way...

 


 

Dovefromabove

If I spoke to it nicely and asked it to grow outwards rather than across the path???

 I could explain about the danger of getting its toes run over by the wheelie bin 

A friend of mine has got some lovely ferns down the side of her house, they add a bit of height and seems fairly sturdy.  Not sure if that is any help. 

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Hostafan1

hosta lancifolia is a lovely , tough as old boots hosta which is pretty small.

hogweed

Thinking about this again. What about some prettily coloured small leaved ivy? Tough as old boots, easy to haul out and won't attack the wheelie bins on their trips to the kerb..............

Salino

 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

If I spoke to it nicely and asked it to grow outwards rather than across the path???

 I could explain about the danger of getting its toes run over by the wheelie bin 

...well, I can't see it, as it soon gets away from you, but anything is worth a try I suppose... 'Cambridge' much the same...

...Fuchsia 'Genii' any good...?

Fairygirl

I think the Ajuga is as good a suggestion as anything Dove. Most plants are going to be too big one way or another and the flowers are great for bees too. Some of the small Euphorbias or the prostrate Gaultheria are the only other things I can think  of that would stay compact although there's certainly a few very dwarf  Hostas.

 

Fairygirl

I've got the answer - a smaller wheelie bin ...

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