07 May Better plants for better gardens: Moss phlox vs, Ice Plant, the smackdown.
Continuing with the theme of “instead of this, plant this GREAT plant,” I offer you: ice plant.
Phlox subulata was a disappointment in my garden â€“ year after year. It looked great for a couple of weeks every spring then languished the rest of the season. It had a bad hair day 350 days of the year. Not gonna work here. I want plants that perform for months. Enter Delosperma â€˜Table Mountainâ€™ aka â€˜John Proffitt.â€™ From mid-May until a hard killing frost, pink ice plant shines and shines. Its star shaped fuchsia blossoms pop against glossy green succulent leaves. Hot weather boosts its performance; too much water (especially in the winter) is a bad thing. A great ground cover, it pairs up beautifully to cool the roots of clematis vines. Cold weather adds a purplish tinge to the foliage. 2 inches tall x 18 inches wide.z4-8. Sandy soils preferred . Full Sun.
Two, maybe three weeks maximum enjoyment.
or this, from June until November:
I rest my case. Really.
My apologies to my readers: I’ve had some code issues this week. Dangling code. Wrapping around photos. Working on it.