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Annuals for Dry Places

Want a tapestry of color on a dry slope? Have I got some annuals for you. I have a south-facing slope in front of my garden shed that’s been covered with mulch for the past six years that it was time to plant on this summer. It’s a spot where I seldom water next to a black asphalt driveway…a tough place for any plant. I’ve already grown and planted a lovely, spreading thyme-like perennial here with the unfortunate common name of green carpet rupturewort (Herniaria glabra). I grew this from seed three years ago and I’ve been so pleased with how it has grown and spread I’ll start more next season.

The rupturewort is a fresh green but only green…this summer I wanted color. So I planted three annuals from Proven Winners: Superbena Dark Blue, Portulaca Mohave Pink, and Mecardonia Gold Dust. These have done well with a once-every-two-weeks watering. I planted them with a combination of equal parts time-release fertilizer mixed with Flower-Tone. Next year I plan to double the size of this planting.

Love the carpet of color these three Proven Winners provide!

4 comments to Annuals for Dry Places

  • Looks very good. Nice to know there are annuals for such tough spots.

  • Deborah

    Hi C.L., Would like to share this.. as I was quite taken by your approval how well Mecadonia ‘Gold Dust’ performs for you. Since then, it’s a must-have plant for me! Have grown it in pots and last year on ground.
    Here’s the amazing thing– the Mecadonia growing on the ground, actually made it through the winter,
    with signs of life this spring and has been spreading nicely this season,.. but have noticed very scanty on flowering. Have you had this happen?

  • Deborah,
    Yes – one of the Mecardonia that’s in that photo came back from last year. Yea! But if yours has scanty flowering it might be a plant that seeded from the Gold Dust but isn’t quite genetically the same as that hybrid. The reason that many plants these days are propagated by cuttings and not seeds is that the cutting-grown plants will be genetically identical so that the gardener can be pretty sure that the plants will perform the same way. (I’m sure you’ve had the experience of planting seed-grown plants from six packs or from seeds you’ve started yourself only to have one or more of those plants be totally different in how it looks or flowers. There is always variation in plants started from seed.)

  • Deborah

    Hi again, C.L. Thanks for the input!!