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Hardy ice plant
This is a great, colorful flower for any well-drained area, such as a slope, the edge of a retaining wall, a rock garden, a raised bed, alongside a walk, or in sandy soil. It also has attractive, green, needlelike succulent foliage that become covered with purplish-pink or yellow flowers at peak bloom, which ranges from late spring to early summer. Hardy ice plant needs full sun and excellent drainage to do well.
Under 6 inches
1-2 feet wide
more varieties for Hardy ice plant
Cooper's hardy ice plant
Delosperma cooperi forms a mat of creeping succulent foliage several inches tall by 2 feet wide. It has hot pink daisylike flowers. Zones 5-10
Sutherland's hardy ice plant
Delosperma sutherlandii has bright green succulent foliage with flattened, 3-sided leaves. It bears purplish-pink flowers in summer. Zones 6-9
Table Mountain ice plant
Delosperma cooperi 'John Profitt' is a hardy selection of Cooper's hardy ice plant with improved garden performance. Zones 5-10
plant Hardy ice plant with
One of the longest bloomers in the garden, coreopsis produces (usually) sunny yellow daisylike flowers that attract butterflies. Coreopsis, depending on the variety, also bears golden-yellow, pale yellow, pink, or bicolor flowers. It will bloom from early to midsummer or longer as long as it's deadheaded.
Easy and undemanding, veronicas catch the eye in sunny gardens over many months. Some have mats with loose clusters of saucer-shaped flowers, while others group their star or tubular flowers into erect tight spikes. A few veronicas bring elusive blue to the garden, but more often the flowers are purplish or violet blue, rosy pink, or white. Provide full sun and average well-drained soil. Regular deadheading extends bloom time.
Sedums are nearly the perfect plants. They look good from the moment they emerge from the soil in spring and continue to look fresh and fabulous all growing season long. Many are attractive even in winter when their foliage dies and is left standing. They're also drought-tolerant and need very little if any care. They're favorites of butterflies and useful bees. The tall types are outstanding for cutting and drying. Does it get better than that? Only in the fact that there are many different types of this wonderful plant, from tall types that will top 2 feet to low-growing groundcovers that form mats. All thrive in full sun with good drainage. Ground cover types do a good job of suppressing weeds, but seldom tolerate foot traffic. Some of the smaller ones are best grown in pots or treated as houseplants.