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landesb 05-18-2013 06:16 PM

Ground Cover to Fill in Gaps in Brick Planter
So I repurposed some bricks that were being pushed up by a tree root into a couple of large planter boxes. So I now have a couple of low planters made of stacked brick.

However there a re some spots with gaps and I'm looking for a way to fill them. I like the idea of using some plants or ground cover to fill the gaps and even expand over the bricks.

Ideas??? Thanks

joecaption 05-18-2013 07:18 PM

Post a picture.
Why would you dry stack them and not morter it?

creeper 05-19-2013 06:07 AM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1182104)
Post a picture.
Why would you dry stack them and not morter it?

Joe, the reason is because it would be pretty.

In our zone you could try creeping phlox or snow in summer. You would take plugs of the plant and jam in into the desired spots. Just don't expect much for the first season.

Check your local nursery for suitable plants in your zone.

user1007 05-19-2013 10:54 AM

OP, you might want to update your profile with geographic information so we know where you are.

Any of Creeper's suggestions would be nice. Mosses might be a possibility if in a moist and shady area. Scotch and Irish Moss (dark green or light green) are fun, not really mosses, and grow in full sun.

Even small annuals like you would stuff in hanging baskets with some spanghum moss to hold them and planter mix int he cracks could work but unlike phlox or other perennial groundcovers, you would have to replant every year.

What you don't want to plant is some sort of invasive vine that takes over the brick or causes paling and heaving problems because it pries the bricks further apart and lets freezing winter moisture in.

You should put in some sort of slow drip irrigation to keep plant watered as they will dry out fast in an exposed environment like you are creating. In a way, it is like you will be planting in containers so apply the same principles and techniques. You might add some water absorbant gel to the planter mix or buy the variety with it in it.

Seattle2k 05-23-2013 05:08 PM

heathers can be nice too. Just go look around your local nursery. You'll find lots of ideas.

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