Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionTransform your sunny, dry, or difficult to grow in garden with Jewel of Desert Topaz® (Delosperma sp.) Thriving in the sun and tolerant of just about any type of soil, this drought-tolerant groundcover is perfect for those looking to add low-maintenance interest to their garden. Its Lush, succulent foliage forms a thick green carpet all year round, but the true show appears in spring when its foliage is dotted with dozens of orange flowers. Glistening in the sun, you'll enjoy bright orange blooms painted with white centers from spring through frost; that's 5+ months of fresh flowers!
Jewel of Desert Topaz® is part of a new generation of delosperma from breeder Koichiro Nishikawa, who selected it for its stunning flowers and neater habit. Perfect for containers on hot patios or filling in bare spots in your landscape, try planting this deer-resistant groundcover wherever sprinklers don't reach or need an added burst of color.DetailsBotanical Name:Delosperma 'Jewel of Desert Topaz' Patent #: USPP 23,492 Common Name: Hardy ice plant Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 4-6" X 8-10" Flower color: Orange Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Late spring-early fall Uses: Alpine and rock, container gardening, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, slopes, small spaces, under planting.How To GrowSoil: Dry, well-drained soil is essential. This plant will grow poorly or die in soil that is not well-drained. Tolerates average to lean soils, including sandy and gravelly ones. Light: Full sun Water: Water sparingly during the growing season. Plants have a good tolerance for heat and drought. Spacing: 1-2' Fertilizing: Needs little to no fertilizing. Winterizing: North of USDA Zones 7, it is at best semi-evergreen and is not reliably winter hardy. They should be situated in dry, sheltered locations and given winter protection. Maintenance & Pruning: No pruning is needed. Once established, it can divide clumps in spring or grow from stem cuttings.