We recently built a step-based garden beside our path. There are only a few wide levels, and the slope is not very steep.
I know of many plants that will work well there, including annuals; ground covers; perennials; and some trailing plants, like certain varieties of nasturtium. I'm also looking forward to making a rock garden, as I don't have one, and I have many ideas of what I can use for that.
Since I don't have a trellis or fence for climbing plants, I'm wondering if I can plant what's usually a climbing plant in that spot and let it trail down. My first choices are morning glory and wisteria, but I'm open to suggestions.
I can understand that the roots may be less supported if the weight of the plant pulls down rather than stands up. However, perhaps there's a way to set them into the dirt to avoid that type of strain. That may not even be an issue, it just came to mind. It may also be that those types of flowers won't tolerate lying down, but I'm hoping to be wrong about that.
Is there any reason why I can't use those, or other, climbing plants as trailing plants?
As you look at the pictures, please note:
- The pansy is something I put there this year. It's happy but easy to move if necessary. All the other things are coming up on their own and will probably be left alone, except for the specific areas I'll clean out to plant something else.
- The top step is always shaded by the house, and the rest are in full sun. Since I believe the specific plants I'm asking about are sun plants, they'd start on the second level.
- Even though I do want some part of it to be a rock garden, the existing stones can be moved or rearranged if it would increase my options.
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