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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Creeping Solutions! Creepers

If you have gaps in your borders try some colourful creepers to cover bare spots

Low-growing plants that spread out are fantastic for providing rapid, dense cover that will shade soil and help suppress weeds. As well as looking good, they will grow anywhere, between pavers, beneath trees and over steep slopes, providing colour and existing border plants will look less isolated. They add year-round interest to the garden, plus attracting pollinators.

Indigenous plants are ideal as they can cope with Summer heat, drought, winds and rain.
Helichrysom terctifolium (Fairy stars) is a lovely plant covered in white star-like flowers from August to January, with attractive dark green foliage. It prefers a position in the shade or semi-shade.

Scabiosa Africana (Cape scabious/Pincushion) has large mauve or white flowers from Spring to early Summer, with low-growing grey/green leaves. The flowers are irresistible to butterflies, followed by seed heads that are very attractive to wildlife as they provide food and nesting materials. This plant likes a sunny or semi-shaded spot.

Agapanthus Africans (Dwarf Agapanthus) is a smaller version of Agapanthus praecox but just as lovely! It thrives in full sun or partial shade and the blue or white varieties are generally the most popular colours, looking great in any setting, especially on slopes. They will flower from December to February and will grow happily in free-draining soil.

Gazania rigens (trailing Gazania), is a delightful ground cover plant, with either green or grey leaves, and a choice of yellow, white or red flowers. It will flower for most of the year in pretty much any situation. The only soil type it isn’t keen on is clay, but it’s such a tough plant it could well thrive!

Give creepers a go, you won’t be disappointed!

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