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Nov 6, 2016 6:37 AM CST
I have an area of garden that is approx. 9 metres x 4 metres. The soil is very good quality - lots of humus - and it is an exposed site in southern england. I planted meadow flower seeds but only one or two grew with A LOT of big weeds. I would like a very cheap and very low maintenance option for ground cover (either natural or man made but not gravel) so that I can plant a few daffodils and other bulbs through the year but so that mostly, the area is covered with something that will look relatively attractive and not too dark in colour. Hope you can help!
Name: Porkpal
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Nov 6, 2016 7:42 AM CST
I always suggest Horse Herb, but I don't know whether it is suitable for your climate.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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Nov 6, 2016 8:39 AM CST
What about Waldsteinia ternata? It's evergreen, tolerant of sun, doesn't care if the soil is rich or poor, has leaves that look like a strawberry and has yellow flowers.
Name: Rj
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Nov 6, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Perhaps Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue' or Sedum spurium ‘Green Mantle’
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Name: Elaine
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Nov 6, 2016 10:16 AM CST
For a spot like that, and your climate in England (which is very similar to where I grew up in British Columbia) I would plant variegated periwinkle. It has very pretty green/white leaves all year, pretty blue/lavender flowers in late spring, and covers bulb foliage like a champ. It's not as aggressive as the plain-leaved variety.

The gardens I've seen with a big show of spring bulbs under periwinkle have been lovely. The blue flowers bloom about the same time as late daffodils or tulips.

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