Heidi’s Sneak Peak – Delosperma, Hardy Ice Plant
This unique perennial covers ground with a mat of succulent, bright green, needle-like leaves that become the perfect background for a vibrant carpet of brightly colored daisy style flowers in summer. Zone 4 hardy varieties like ‘Table Mountain’, ‘Lavender Ice’ and ‘Red Mountain’ are fun and eclectic additions to perennial gardens with well-drained soil, and are excellent performers in rock gardens. Less hardy varieties like ‘Fire Spinner ™’ and cooperi fill out readily and make awesome low maintenance annuals here in Minnesota. So perfect in terracotta pots on patio tables and planters, or out on a sunny deck where things dry down quickly. Many mistake them for sedums before they start blooming. Then, once the flowers begin to open, I have people asking me if they’re real. The colors are so vibrant and the blossoms are so perfect I can understand why they ask. Here are the varieties we will have available for the 2013 growing season:
Delosperma dyeri ‘Red Mountain’ Produces glowing burnished-red flowers. 2-3” Tall x 12-24” Wide, Zone 4-8
Delosperma ‘Lavender Ice’ is just that Frosty orchid-lavender flowers. 2-3” Tall x 12-24” Wide, Zone 4-8
Delosperma ‘Table Mountain Bright fuchsia flowers 2-3” Tall x 12-24” Wide, Zone 4-8
Delosperma cooperi Blooms fluorescent pink. 4-6” Tall x 12-24” Wide Zone 6-9
Delosperma ‘P001S’, Fire Spinner ™’ Petals start white in the center and graduate from fuchsia to red to bright orange on the ends. 2-3” Tall x 12-24” Wide, Zone 5-8
Photos courtesy Garden World and Walters Gardens.
Here’s the dirt on Delosperma…
Delosperma thrive in full sun, and well-drained, gravely or average soils. They are deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. These succulent groundcovers range in height from 2-6” and spread to about 12-24” wide. Enjoy their low water needs!