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I am new to gardening and have just made a flower bed with large feature rocks in it. Can anyone tell me if its ok to cover the soil with slate chips rather than bark which I have in other areas?



That would make it a scree garden - perfectly acceptable, provided the chips look OK with the rocks. It would look very weird in my opinion with, say, pale limestone rocks and purple slate chippings.

7 Jun, 2011


With Beattie's proviso definitely. Either that or a gravel that tones with the rocks.

7 Jun, 2011


Agreed, it would have to tone in colourwise, but hey! it's your garden and you can do whatever you like.

8 Jun, 2011


Remember that a garden with scree will be hotter and drier than one with bark--sometimes good in the UK!

11 Jun, 2011

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