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04/07/2013 at 18:52

For the last 2 years I have on my rockery "snow in summer"  I dont know it by any other name, It has been lovely this year but now almost finished its looking untidy ,

What I am asking is : Can I trim it off and so long as I leave  about 2 inch from the ground , will it come again next year ? or should I leave well alone?

04/07/2013 at 19:17

Hi Lucky3, the plant you are talking about is Cerastium tomentosum and it will survive a haircut 

04/07/2013 at 19:22

Yup. I also think it would survive a nuclear attack.

04/07/2013 at 19:26

I agree with figrat - you can't kill this one!  Cut it back as hard as you like, it enjoys it and will put on lots of lovely fresh growth for you - might even get more flowers this summer.  Enjoy!

04/07/2013 at 19:43

Get rid of it. It seeds everywhere.  If you pull it up you will still get,loads of plants next year, and the year after and....

04/07/2013 at 19:50

Haha, not a fan then Verdun!

04/07/2013 at 20:00

No,  few,years back,a neighbour planted some and she "loved" them.  Told her she would be over run.  She was ..her stone wall, verges,,garden ..everywhere.  ,simply a weed

04/07/2013 at 20:02

I agree with you, I've pulled loads of it out from customers 'rockeries' where it has gone mad.  I wouldn't have it my garden.

04/07/2013 at 20:52

Terrible plant. It took me over 10 years in our previous garden to finally get rid of the last bit.........................then we moved!

04/07/2013 at 21:11

How tastes differ.....................I have this here and really like it

The garden was landscaped last year and a couple of small clumps were planted and I like the fact that it's hardy,needs no maintenance, gives plenty of flowers, acts as ground cover and looks lovely hanging over the walls.

If ever I thought it was taking over I would just pull clumps of it up



05/07/2013 at 08:14

My neighbour grows it in his front garden, it does get everywhere...I like it but I am always cutting it back through the fence.  I don't need to grow it myself, it can be useful when it spills over onto my garden to hide gaps, etc...  I agree with the other posters, just pull it up or cut it back, you won't kill it.....

05/07/2013 at 13:56

I like it too Hollie Hock

I have it growing on my garden wall and it's about the only thing that WILL grow there.

05/07/2013 at 15:26

It's not that you can't pull it can, it's easy. It SEEDS everywhere. There are much better "alpine" or ground cover plants with white flowers.

05/07/2013 at 19:36

Hi mary, glad there's someone else who likes it. It's all about individual choice and preferences and what works for you

05/07/2013 at 20:06

I agree with figrat, vertun and berghill and once the couch grass starts growing through - well - an absolute pain twice over.

05/07/2013 at 21:52

Each to their own......... I still like it, don't have the couch grass problem here

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