This Old World hybrid wildflower hails from the mountains of Europe and is an excellent groundcover for sun and partial shade. Blooming for a month or so in late spring, the plants cover themselves with a carpet of bright pink flowers. This long-lived plant provides the garden with years of dependable ground coverage and flowers. I've had the same patch in my garden for over 25 years! Very deep-rooted once established, it is surprisingly drought tolerant (xeric). Soapwort also has excellent cold hardiness and is a great choice for fall planting.
- Orange Carpet® Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria garrettii cultivar)
My first new plant introduction from 1996, Orange Carpet® is still one of my favorites, and one that has not been improved upon since! As its name implies, this Hummingbird Trumpet is a large-scale spreading groundcover, unlike other varieties of Zauschneria which are tall up-right growers. Blooming in mid-summer, it covers itself with a profusion of long, bright orange trumpets that attract hummingbirds. An excellent choice for cascading over the edge of a raised bed or sloping area, give it average water during the growing season to keep it lush and vigorous. Wait until spring to cut it back so as not to cause desiccation during dry winters. (Also known as Fire Chalice).