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Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:54

Thanks all for the suggestions, I really appreciate it!

Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:19

Thanks Verdun, appreciate the input.  I bought amazing grass seed recently for another part of the garden and it looks lovely, but I was thinking of something different just to break up the look of the place.  I was thinking about Irish Moss, maybe...

Too much gravel!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:08

Hi

I have a huge expanse of garden (used to be farmland) with a very wide and long drive.  At the moment, it's covered in gravel, some of it loose, some of it compacted, and lots and lots and lots of moss and weeds.

I don't want to spend the rest of my life weedkilling and want to change the whole thing to something low maintenance, eventually.

One thought is to have a guy with a digger/scraper scoop up all the loose gravel and leave the soil exposed, plant some thyme serpyllum seeds and wait forever for it to cover the space, which still involves lots of weeding but will be lovely when it eventually covers the space.

Another thought is to remove the gravel and attempt to turn the whole lot to lawn.  Not really ideal, though.

Another thought is to scrape away the gravel, lay down weed membrane and then figure out whether to re-lay the gravel on top of that, or find a really lovely alternative.

The garden is also on a gentle slope, which doesn't really help, and also has a new young beech hedge growing in a line through the middle of it.

The soil underneath the gravel is good quality generally.

I would appreciate any and all suggestions and inspiration!

Thank you

Empty Space??

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:00

Hi

Perennials are a great way to go so how about Choisya Ternata Sundance and some Heuchera?  Dark purple heucheras look amazing with it for contrast, but Heuchera Marmalade is also gorgeous (much nicer than online pics make it look...) - the tops of the leaves are ochres and yellows and greens but the underside is vibrant pink so when the wind ruffles through it, the colour mix is great.  My choisya and ternata have survived vicious winds, heavy frosts and serious snow and are all thriving...

Have fun!  Hope you get wonderful results

green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:28

Hi - I wanted to keep a raised bed free of weeds over the winter so I bought one 50g packet of Winter Mix green manure seeds from Sow Seeds and they're great!  The foliage is about a foot high and very healthy, not a single weed spotted. I plan to leave it there all winter then chop it down, leave it to wilt and fork it in in Spring, ready for planting. This is my first year using it and it seems so far like a great idea  

Clematis & Jasmine

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:39

Hi

Hope someone can help...

I have a couple of summer flowering clematis and jasmine in troughs and would like to cut them down now to install some lights in the trellises they grow on to.  Is this a terrible idea?  I can mulch them, protect them with fleece and keep them happy over the winter but I'd really like to know if cutting them right back will be disastrous!

Thank you

Heuchera

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 19:11

Thanks both!  I will post a pic tomorrow.  These ones are supposed to be fine in the sun, and the other four plants are doing ok.  Hmm.  Pic will follow...

Heuchera

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 17:25

Hi

My lovely Heuchera Marmalade are thriving in a sunny spot but one plant has brown spots all over the leaves.  Anyone any idea what it might be?

Thanks!

Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:43

Roots (though that's taken)

Mulch Ado About Nothing?

Barrow Boys?

Postcards from the Edging?

...whatever, the heroine should be called Vermiculite Jones, I reckon.  I'm off for a lie down, clearly it's late.  Or early.

 

Climbing/trailing plant suggestions - to cover wall

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:36

Golden creeping jenny and trailing heucherella look great but I've no idea how they would fare in a coastal garden, sorry!  What about fleabane?

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Discussions started by Tanty

Too much gravel!

time for a change 
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Last Post: 29/10/2014 at 18:54

Clematis & Jasmine

When to cut down 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 21:38

Heuchera

Bits in the Marmalade... 
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Vinca to spare

Moving Vinca Minor Gertrude Jekyll to a new home 
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Bug

evil looking thing... 
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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 14:59

Saxifraga

Brown patches 
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Last Post: 09/08/2014 at 18:05

Something is very hungry. And very fussy

Plants being munched into oblivion... 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 02:09

Alstromeria

Something is shredding the leaves... 
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Last Post: 01/08/2014 at 22:09

Creeping ground-cver

Need to turn a muddy path into a pretty carpet... 
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Last Post: 21/07/2014 at 20:36

Help! What is this?

Mystery plant needs identified 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 17:41

Sweet Pea seedlings

Not sure they're meant to grow this fast... 
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Last Post: 20/03/2014 at 14:07

Fungus

Something weird is growing in my garden! 
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Last Post: 24/09/2013 at 11:45

Talkback:

Mulching 
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