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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DescriptionWheels of Wonder® 'Purple Wonder' ice plant (Delosperma) delivers bright and festive colors with incredibly long-blooming flowers. The flowers are reminiscent of purple wheels, with thin petals resembling spokes around yellow centers. Tough and drought-tolerant, ice plants make a fabulous ground cover for hot, dry sites and tricky areas.
We're delighted to offer the new series Wheels of Wonder® ice plants (or Delosperma) for two main reasons: their larger flowers and incredibly long bloom time! Enjoy colorful bi-color flowers for up to 5 months without any maintenance to keep them blooming. They open their flowers during the day but close them at night, so early risers can watch them bloom each morning. Try planting them in masses for a thick ground cover, in containers for a sunny patio, or as a pop of color in rock gardens. Mix and match the six colors in the series or opt for a monochromatic ground cover. Either way, there will be plenty of flowers to shine all summer long. DetailsBotanical name: Delosperma 'Purple Wonder’ Patent #: PP31674 Common name: Hardy ice plant Zone: 6 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 8" X 1-2’ Flower color: Purple/White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring - fall Bloom time: Spring, fall Features: Suitable for slopes, space savers, rare & unusual, low flammability, ground covers, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Alpine and rock gardens, container gardening, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, slopes, small spacesHow To GrowSoil: Plant only in dry, fast-draining soils in full sun. Light: Full sun (> 6 hours sun). Water: Water sparingly during the growing season. Plants have a good tolerance for heat and drought. Spacing: 1-2 feet. Fertilizing: None needed. Winterizing: Winter survival depends on plants being kept dry during cold weather. They should be sited in dry, sheltered locations. Maintenance & pruning: No pruning needed. Any wayward stems can be pinched or pruned out as needed.