Houseleeks or Sempervivum (meaning live for ever) are succulent ornamental hardy plants that have been used in pleasure gardens since around the thirteenth century. Later during the Italian Renaissance these plants were adopted for use in planting schemes as a solid massed groundcover, which also included camomile, mint, tarragon and violets.
Often the trickiest area in most gardens is the bit where it is shady or dry, or both. Whether shaded by trees and shrubs or buildings, garages or sheds, most people wring their hands in despair when it comes to knowing what to do with these often dark and forlorn corners of the garden. However, […]