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Delosperma is a tough drought proof groundcover for hot, dry places like curbs and driveways. Hardy Ice Plant is low growing with green succulent foliage and stunning flowers that bloom non-stop all summer long while thriving in heat, humidity and little water.
Given the right spot and growing conditions, it will bloom most of the summer and thrive in your garden.
I hear a lot of feedback from gardeners that have difficult growing and/or overwintering Delosperma. This beautiful ground cover is very, VERY fussy about drainage. If you don’t have SUPER sharp drainage, you should probably opt for growing Sedum or SedumSod – an instant colorful groundcover.
If I were to grow in containers, I would add gravel or cactus to sharpen the drainage in the soil.
Delosperma is ideal for strips along a driveway (where it is often more gravelly) or rock garden. Right plant – right place as the saying goes.
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Sedums are long lived, require no maintenance, are easy to grow, have excellent drought tolerance and come in a wide variety of foliage and flower colors.
I love this picture sent in from my friend Bill from Saint Louis. This planting located near a post office consists of a variety of colorful low growing sedums. Brick always reflects heat back up towards plant which just seems to make these tough as nails drought proof groundcover even prettier!
Sedums are probably one of the BEST problem solving plants for tough spots where other plants fail to grow – even on hillsides and banks. The only thing they need is good drainage.
Here are the varieties I would combine to achieve a similar foliage effect:
For even a quicker solution – try SedumSod – an easy mat that installs in seconds!
Durable plants for Foot Traffic, Crevices, Nooks, Pathways & More
For those tough areas between flagstones, there are a select group of perennial ground cover plants that work well for these areas while discouraging weeds. Make sure to select the right plant for light & water requirements. Here are a few plants to consider that will tolerate various degrees of foot traffic and work well in crevices, nooks, pathways & more while adding beauty to your garden.
Great for: Sun or Shade, beneath trees, lawn substitute, pathways, nooks, accents, containers.
Tolerates: Dry Shade, Moist Shade
Anacyclus depressus -Mt. Atlas Daisy with attractive fern like foliage
Great for: Sun,Dry, gritty areas, hot pathways, Rock Gardens, Edging, Small Spaces
Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Heat
Isotoma fluviatilis – Blue Star Creeper – Blooms all Summer Long – #1
Great for: Sun or Shade, Lawn substitute, Stepping Stones, Ponds, Patios, Containers, Crevices, Rock Garden, pathways
Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Rabbits, Pests
Lysimachia Aurea – Creeping Jenny (Evergreen)– super fast spreading, root at each node and hug the ground
Great for: Shade, Retaining walls, crevices, dry shade, moist shade, woodland area, accent, containers, lawn substitute
Mazus reptans -Low growing, fast spreading groundcover
Great for: Sun-Part Shade, Beneath shrubs, stones, small scale lawn substitute, patios, curbside
Great for: Shade-Part Shade, Moist, well drained areas, Woodland Areas, Containers
Tolerates: Moist Shade
SedumSod™ – Easy, INSTANT groundcover!
Great for: Sun-Part Shade, Lawn Substitute, flagstones, pavers, Patio, Slopes, DIY projects
Tolerates: Drought, Heat
Thymus wooly- low growing evergreen with silver foliage
Great for: Sun, Crevices, retaining walls, rock garden, curbside, Slopes, Pathways, Patio, Lawn substitute, containers
Veronica Waterperry Blue - low growing and fast spreader
Great for: Sun, Part Shade, Beneath Trees, Shrubs, slopes, retaining walls, rock garden, containers,
Tolerates: Drought, Dry Shade
SedumSod™ gives you a speedy and simplified approach to gardening and its beautiful anywhere!
Within minutes you can turn an unsightly area in your garden into a tapestry of color with easy to grow drought-proof Sedum color mats.
Sedums are the ultimate perennial! They have minimal water needs and a shallow root system that make them ideal to use in a sod-like mat. Light weight mats installs in seconds! Simply place in an area that gets a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun a day. Fully adaptable to the harshest of conditions – summer heat, wind & little water!
Both Chris & I have customized this unique blend of up to 13 varieties of groundcover Sedums that you won’t find anywhere else! Our pre established sod mats measure 15” x 20” and are comprised of the right balance of soil & Sedums varieties. The polyester fabric easily removes for quick installation in any landscape!
I’ve had so much fun with these mats! I have decorated my front entry door with them, used them as a centerpiece on my patio table – even hung them up! The ultimate test was when I left mats on hot asphalt driveway where they received no water and they never looked the worse for wear.
Ideas on how to use SedumSod™
- Small scale lawn replacement
- Groundcover at the edge of a hot, dry bed
- Banks and slopes
- Plant in cracks and crevices
- Areas inhospitable to other plants
- Living wreaths, dog & bird house roofs, dish garden
- Decorate patios and front entryways
- Creative DIY projects
- Instant splash of color – anywhere!
SedumSod™ is the most colorful mat you’ll ever want to own. No fuss, no muss and say goodbye to gardening hassles!
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Here is a sun perennial combination idea for your garden with 3 easy to grow garden plants
For season long interest I like using perennial plants that will give me 3 seasons of foliage color.
For long season flowering color, I added COREOPSIS STAR CLUSTER which grows up to 15″ – so plant in the back). Star Cluster picks up the deep red color in the center. Another alternative to Star Cluster would be a yellow flowering Coreopsis such as Creme Brule or Moonbeam.
All these perennials are easy to grow in full sun and well drained soil while providing season long interest in your perennial garden.
What would you combine Sedum Cherry Tart with?