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Plants for Nooks and Crannies

Fill in the gaps with these little treasures before the weeds do it first

Fine Gardening - Issue 141
Given that most gardeners are as opportunistic as weeds—give us an inch and we’ll plant it—it’s surprising how many of us have not gotten around to filling our garden’s tiniest peripheral gaps. After all, opportunities abound in neglected corners, along narrow sidewalks, in driveway cracks, within tree root notches, against immovable rock outcrops, and tucked into stone walls and ledges. Any vacancy that’s fair game for a weed is fair game for the gardener. Perhaps the most compelling reason, in fact, to plant nooks and crannies is to prevent weeds from filling them for us. It’s ironic, then, that the right plants for tight spaces often have a lot in common with the very weeds we might hope to suppress: They must be vigorous against all odds; tough-as-nails, to endure confinement without suffering; and as opportunistic as we are. It’s actually necessary to view plants’ ability to spread and self-sow…

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