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What are your favourite plants for lining a pathway?

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GinGeum Tue 17-Oct-17 15:03:31

Preferably plants that like shade! (And evergreen?!)

I love lavender paths but obviously, not great in shade. I also love box paths. What other plants are lovely to line a path?

AmIAWeed Wed 18-Oct-17 08:35:41

What sort of height are you looking for?
Do you want winter colour or something that will look good all year?
My answer to everything right now is heuchera so I may not be the best person to ask but the colours you get are fantastic, they like the shade and can get flowers - would look great lining a woodland path.

On a quick google search found Pachysandra terminalis (second plant listed) gardeners world link which grows to 25cm high by 60cm which might be a nice alternative to box if you want something less formal

Flyinggeese Wed 18-Oct-17 08:41:12

Hi, I like alchemilla and have it lining a very small, shaded path.

Looks very good, seems fine in the shade, evergreen. Beautiful with rain on the leaves.

GinGeum Wed 18-Oct-17 09:25:03

I love alchemilla mollis but DP is not so keen - I can get away with weaving it through borders but I don't think he'd let me do a full pathway with it wink

I think I want something a bit taller than pachysandra weed although I do like it.

I suppose it doesn't have to be evergreen, but something that looks nice for a long period of time would be nice. I'm planting up two deep borders either side of the front door, with a path through the middle, so I want something that will line the middle path if that makes sense?

Perhaps I could do something like a low privet border with the alchemilla plus bulbs in front. That might look nice?

It does get some sun, but just not loads!

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 18-Oct-17 09:27:08

I love alchemilla but it's not evergreen.

Pithivier Wed 18-Oct-17 12:08:17

I love Ajuja. Is spreads by runners, so it will cover your area really quickly. It is one of the easiest plants to control. Just dig up any bits of it and plant it somewhere else. Despite its spread it is a very neat plant. It starts off with glossy black leaves then ensign blue flowers. Just make sure you pick the one you like as there is a huge variety. I don't like the insipid ones or those with variegated leaves.

I would plant behind it a low growing stripy grass in green, white and yellow to really make it zing. Or, if you don't like grasses white thyme interplanted works well.

JT05 Wed 18-Oct-17 14:43:35

A small hebe might do the trick. They come in a variety of leaf and small flower colour, they are neat and can be trimmed.
You could intersperse them with something that is not ever green.

Flyinggeese Wed 18-Oct-17 17:28:10

My alchemilla is an evergreen variety, Alchemilla Mollis. Do agree if it's a long path might not be great...

GinGeum Wed 18-Oct-17 19:47:02

My alchemilla mollis isn't evergreen but it lasts a very long time!

I'm now wondering whether to do a nice grass like a stipa with spring bulbs planted along too. I don't mind compromising on not having evergreen, as long as it's not something that looks nice for a month!

Ridingthegravytrain Wed 18-Oct-17 19:55:06

What about a choisya (sp?!)

AlternativeTentacle Wed 18-Oct-17 19:58:31

My alchemilla is flowering again.

My plants to go to for pathways are heucheras, aubretia, thymes, alchemilla, sweet woodruff [esp when you want ground cover under trees etc], with things like garlic chives, echinaceas, short grasses running through them. I have one new bed completely surrounded by chives.

Growingboys Wed 18-Oct-17 21:25:11

Our box has been destroyed by that oriental moth so I would advise everyone against box, tho it depends on where you live

GinGeum Thu 19-Oct-17 06:31:59

Growing disease on box does worry me, especially after Monty got rid of all his box balls!

Riding I don't think choisya is quite right for the path, but I've made a note of it for elsewhere in the border as it is lovely!

Alternative your garden sounds lovely. I've got aubretia, thyme, chives and echinacea in the back garden and I do love them, so maybe I will divide some and plant them in the front. Sweet woodruff also looks great - I think I may plant some of that in the front of the borders.

AlternativeTentacle Thu 19-Oct-17 08:35:52

Sweet woodruff is great, one plant split and 2 years later you have a carpet. I rake off the top growth during the early spring as lots of wildlife lives in it and that's all the maintenance it needs.

michelle303 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:52:28

I'm a fan of lavender as it's one of my favourite colours. Love this pair of lavender plants that I found online smile

IamSpartacusTheGardener Mon 23-Oct-17 17:35:01

Ilex crenata. Looks like box. Can be shaped like box. Doesn't get zapped by the diseases affecting box.

tittysprinkles Tue 07-Nov-17 21:31:51

What about sarcococca hookeriana var humilis - dwarf sweet box. Evergreen, likes shade, sweet smelling flowers in winter.

Harebellmeadow Wed 08-Nov-17 07:30:17

Golden Euonymous is also really pretty, stays colourful but doesn't flower. Lasts for years and can be shaped a bit.

mermaidinmycoffeecup Wed 29-Nov-17 13:19:52

I have lavender and heather lining my fully shaded path.

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