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Trailing perennials to plant wall pockets

Posted by butterclem z6 W.PA (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 16, 07 at 16:02


Now that everyone has helped me narrow down my "steppable" plants in my new garden, I wonder if I could have your input on the plants I will put in a stone wall? The wall is about 3 feet high and 12 feet long; the stones are huge. I don't want yellow flowers. And I don't want anything too rampant to handle, though obviously I can reach every inch of a 3-foot wall, which helps.

Here is a list of things I've looked at. I certainly don't have room for all of these; I figured if people told me the ones they love best in their own walls,I could prioritize. An excellent local perennial nursery is going out of business and selling everything this Saturday (a very sad day). This will help me get ready. Here's the list:

Campanula cochlearifolia
Campanula elatinoides
Campanula portenschlagiana
Campanula poscharskyana
Delasperma kooperi
Delasperma kelaidis
Hens and chicks
Iberis Autumn Beauty
Oregano vulgare "Aureum"
Sedum rupestre Angelina
Sedum spurium fulda glow
Sedum Vera Jameson
Sedum dragons blood
Veronica prostrate goldwell


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RE: Trailing perennials to plant wall pockets

  • Posted by mxk3 z5b/6 MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 16, 07 at 16:17

"Biokovo" geranium. Foliage *always* stays tidy (some short geranium get a little ratty IMO as do A LOT of other trailers). Will take sun, shade, moist conditions, dry conditions - I seriously think this plant will grow under just about any condition short of Sarahara-like. Flowers are white with pink veining, quite lovely. Oh, foliage is scented, too, smells like Vernors to my nose. :)

RE: Trailing perennials to plant wall pockets

I have a dry stacked stone wall (think that's what it's called). Anyway, a lot of unusual things have volunteered in the pockets and crevices. Nepata, a daylily, and an iris. All three do well and look good.

An episode of Martha Stewart showed her planting sedum in her wall. I tried that with no success. The hen and chicks was so shallow rooted it just kept falling. The dragons blood didnt survive the winter.

A friend had the most spectacular wall planted in alyssum basket of gold. It literally stopped traffic when in bloom. The downside was when it was not in bloom.

RE: Trailing perennials to plant wall pockets

Cerastium tomentosum, "Snow in summer". Silver grey tiny leaves, mat like at the base but sending out tendrils or runners. Supposed to have tiny white flowers, though I have never seen mine bloom.

RE: Trailing perennials to plant wall pockets

  • Posted by mxk3 z5b/6 MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 17, 07 at 11:52

Thought of another one - ornamental strawberries (fragaria ?spellling?). Foliage is just lovely. I have the non-running types in my garden and I adore them, another one that *always* looks good. Tiny flowers appear alongside tiny berries, pretty effect. Does great in full sun to part shade, but not too dry.

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