Stunning Hardy Ice Garden Plants
Excellent for ground cover and to add brightness to a rocky landscape, ice garden plants are summer flowering plants that make an interesting sight. Ice garden plants can be seen in bright green succulent leaves and perky small flowers that range from bright pink to red, sometimes yellow to orange or purple flowers sprouting upright. The ice plant garden plants are an interesting genus of succulents, with daisy-like flowers. There is a good amount of variety among ice plants; some are low growing spreaders, others become bushy sub shrubs. There are over 150 species in this genus from southern Africa. Most are easy growers that bloom freely. There are many varieties available under these species that grow, no more than six inches; hence, making them excellent for ground cover. Ice plants bloom all through summer to early fall. They can be grown just for their flowers or retained for ground covering foliage throughout the year. The smooth textured, succulent foliage are great for alpine and rock gardens.
Although hardy, ice garden plants do need their amount of attention to thrive well. Full sun and ‘just enough’ watering is the start. Some have never found weeds growing around or in between the plant’s spread. This has been attributed to the plant’s invasive and competing for nutrient capacity that inhibits growth of other plants. Fertilizing is not needed, just some organic compost will do. The plant needs pruning, from getting too invasive or leggy. A hard prune or a complete pull out hardly makes a difference to its rigorous re-growth capacity.