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i recently went to Cornwall and saw on the cliffs some plants growing around some rocks and i liked its simpleness. now i live in Southend so i'm not sure if its possible to grow what i saw but would like some help trying to identify what i saw and whether they would grow good here.



The pink ones are thrift (armeria) and the yellow is probably tufted vetch. That is definitely vetch, probably tufted. They like sharp drainage but aren't difficult otherwise

Thanks nutcutlet for ur quick repsonse 


Quick but inaccurate kev. Try kidney vetch. Tufted is one of the blue/purple ones

But thank you again nutcutlet you was always closer at identifying them than me. 



Check them out on line kev. There are some wonderful native flowers that will grow in your garden

Anyone know where i can get these as plants now? i done a search and only seem to find seeds. was hoping to make a mini rockface  and plant these with some very low grass or moss on a bonsai tray

I will do nutcutlet. i love rockeries already have one raised one and one in a  trough tho these plants from the garden centre now im thinking of stuff i like when i walk about and see if i can have a little of that

The thrift..armeria...does grow everywhere down here, Cornwall.

There are some nice cultivated darker pink, almost red, ones as well as white and a little one too...Can't remember it's name for mo. 

They should grow anywhere where there's good drainage and lots of sun. Easy to propagate too..just pull apart.

Yep they're the ones kev

thanks just wanted to make sure

how do i make the compost/soil more chalky and less fertile for them to have a good chance?


Unless you've very acid bog type soil I wouldn't worry about the chalk kev. If you're heavy mix in some grit.

re where the plants come from. search 'wild flower plants', load of nurseries come up.

Nice photo of red campion, another wild flower on one of the current threads, could be 'what did you do today' 


The red campion is on good evening forkers


Kev, I grow them in my ordinary garden soil is well draining though.  I use perlite lot more now so I think I would simply add this to your planting mix.  I know they grow in very poor soil but they do better in reasonable soil I think.  Grit or perlite......just to ensure decent drainage


I've grown thrift and definitely not on chalk up here! Verd is right - it's drainage that matters. Most GCs, nurseries and places like B&Q sell thrift in their alpine plant areas.

cheers guys. oh well was trying to aviod a garden center as they bankrupt me lol. guess i could have a go and stick to alpine plants.  what im trying to achieve is a bonsai rockery on a tray that's only 1cm deep.

now as i need to keep everything together would hessian be something i could use to keep everything in place for the first couple of years but allow new plant growth? my other option is bonsai potting mesh but then that would be pretty much left there all the time. at least with hessian that would rot away once the whole thing has jelled.

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