Delosperma, commonly called ice plants, not only stand up to blistering sun, sandy soils and drought, but they’re capable of thriving in these conditions. Most are reliably hardy, overwintering in Zones 4 to 5, depending on variety. They’re ideal choices for green roofs, rock gardens and other punishing, arid locations.
With a mature height of only 1 to 4 inches, delosperma make outstanding weed-smothering groundcovers that will brighten places few other plants dare to go. Among the most delosperma varieties available are those from Green Leaf Plants, which include: ‘Red Mountain,’ ‘Starburst,’ ‘Lavender Ice’ and ‘Mesa Verde.’
There are also three additional varieties in the offering this year:
1. ‘Blut,’ with startling magenta flowers that explode over deep green succulent foliage;
2. ‘Oberg,’ with light pink buds that open to white flowers; and
3. ‘Congestum,’ with cheery, luminous yellow flowers that contrast well with the green foliage.
Learn more at GLPlants.com.