Plant of the Week
Hardy ice plant is a succulent with a sprawling, ground-cover growth pattern akin to moss rose and portulaca, but it is a perennial rather than an annual.
It likes full sun. When it blooms, it really sets the landscape ablaze with neon, fuchsia, and magenta blooms that are absolutely stunning. It blooms from late spring on through summer and even in the fall. It's an incredible hardy plant—very tough. The only thing you can do wrong with it is over water it. In really soggy conditions it will rot, but if you've got a dry area—perhaps a slope that is difficult to keep moist, that is an excellent spot for it. Spilling over a wall is another good place. You can even use it in containers.
This is a wonderful trailing succulent for summertime color. That hot pink to reddish flower is a perfect complement to sunny patios and hot curb plantings. It looks wonderful spilling over a wall or a hanging basket.