I'm in the middle of clearing a section of my garden that has been neglected by both myself and previous tenants for years on end. It's at the back of the garden and surrounded by several trees. I'm in the process of taking some samller ones down and thinning some others but there are a couple that are protected that I cant touch. Right at the back of my boundary is a steep slope with the trees growing out of the top of it. I want to plant some ground cover to brighten up the slope and make it interesting. I'd love to cover it in snow in summer but I don't know how well that would do given the shady location. I wouldn't mind if it didn't flower but the silvery leaves would make a stunning contarst with the blue bells (native not spanish) that I'm planning on putting in at the base of the slope. Does anyone have any experience of planting Snow in summer in less than ideal conditions for it? Or has a better idea of suitable, low growng ground cover that has the wow factor.
Dear Kate, Cerastium tomentosum requires full sun as it is a herbaceous plant! Have you thought of Heuchera as there are many cultivars and it is mainly hardy in the UK.
Easy to grow and reasonably cheap.
Here are some.
We have a new heuchera, 'Peach Charm'. I don't know why it is called that, the leaves are rather 'maroon' & flowers are white. I have not seen the flowers as yet, but it is grown for the leaves & quite spectacular.