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Dymondia margaretae
“Silver Carpet”

One of the best low-water groundcovers you can grow! Extremely drought tolerant, deer resistant and able to withstand plenty of foot traffic, it’s a great choice for replacing a lawn, planting between pavers or even as a container specimen. Growing to less than a couple inches tall and spreading reliably over time, this South African native forms a DENSE, weed suppressing mat of curled blue-green leaves with a silvery underside for a beautiful, glowy effect. In Summer, small yellow daisy-like flowers appear, held tight to the foliage. Best planted in full sun along the coast, it benefits from some shade in hotter inland gardens. Provide regular water when establishing to encourage spreading. Once fully established it should only need water during extended periods of drought. Tolerates poor soil, but needs good drainage and hates wet feet. Once established only requires a light weekly water.

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Perennial Groundcover
USDA zones 9b-11

Item ID: 2855
Price: $ 7.95
Pot Size: 4-inch

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Silver carpet seeds

Important Note about starting Ground Cover Seeds: Ground Covers should be started as “plugs” inside in plug starting trays and then transplanted outside as plugs in order to establish a ground cover. Keep in mind that many of these seed varieties are tiny ( think petunia or tobacco seeds where there over a quarter of a million seeds per ounce ) and starting them in a plug starting tray under a dome is the only practical way to get good germination.

Visit our webpage Seed Starting Mix to learn to make the best seed starting mix for plugs, you can also purchase seed starting mix on this page. You should not try to direct sow seeds outside, you will receive very poor results this way, and we will not warrant the seeds if this method is used, we will only warrant seeds if they are started as plugs.

If you cannot find plug starting kits at your local gardening center, you can purchase them from our Plug Starting Kit page.

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Miniclover® is adapted to a wide range of climatic and soil conditions. Miniclover® tolerates wet and partially shady conditions, as well as drought. However, it can only tolerate wet conditions as long as the area is not flooded for long periods.
The type of shade normally occurring in parks and on golf courses is not a problem for Miniclover®. Clover can also help aerate the soil, thus reducing concerns over soil compaction. Clover tolerates compacted soil better than lawn grass does. It has longer roots, enabling it to access water at deeper levels than most lawn grasses. If you’re interested in cheap, low-maintenance alternatives to lawn grass, Miniclover® is the perfect solution and is easy to plant from bulk clover seeds. Add it to your existing lawn to improve overall lawn health or use as a complete lawn replacement.

If Miniclover® is not cut then the leaf size increases, the more it is cut then the smaller the leaf size. When Miniclover® is not mowed at all, the leaf size will be about 1/2 the size of White Dutch Clover. When it is mowed, new leaf heads form within a few days so it continually looks thick and lush. If it is not never mowed, it will get approximately 6 inches tall. If you mow it, it will want to quit growing just slightly taller than the height it was mowed at. For example, if you mow it at a height of 3 inches, it will head back out and quit growing at a height of approximately 4 inches. In other words, you can almost “train” its growing height with infrequent mowings. The turf is very dense, very lush, and very beautiful.

Mixed with grasses, Miniclover® grows around the grass plants and feeds them nitrogen. The nitrogen continues to be released into the soil during the growing season until the first night frosts occur. The nitrogen is therefore available when and where it is needed, and so there is no risk of leaching, nor is there a risk of fertilizer burning in the field. For turf managers, Miniclover® is the perfect permanent slow release N-fertilizer. It does not add any P or K, so if those nutrients are missing from your soil you many need to supplement them separately. Additionally, Miniclover® is semi-aggressive species, filling in gaps quickly. It competes well with weeds, thus reducing the need for herbicides.
Miniclover® is not as aggressive as White Dutch Clover. This type of clover can completely take over a lawn whereas Miniclover® will not do that. It is just aggressive enough to fill in bare spots where traditional grass may not repair for months.
As nitrogen is continually available during the growing season there is a reduced presence of disease like red thread, rusts and Fusarium. Miniclover® fertilizes the grass and helps to maintain its healthy appearance. In essence, adding Miniclover® to a lawn acts as a constant drip feed.
Miniclover® seeds are now pre-inoculated and coated. The coating material contains the inoculant to ensure your clover gets off to a great start. The coating material also helps retain moisture which improves the viability of each seedling. When Miniclover® or Microclover® is planted in warm temperatures and kept moist, you will have sprouts typically within 5 – 7 days.
Four ounce package will cover 500 square feet for overseeding existing lawn or 250 square feet of new planting for lawn alternative.

This is a perennial ground cover plant which has a prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves and entire margins that is grown from Dichondra seed.
It grows very close to the ground, (usually not over 2 inches tall) and is a warm season fast growing ground cover. It is adapted to warmer climates, but will retain its striking green color during winter temperatures as low as 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit with only slight leaf browning. Dichondra has broad, almost circular leaves (looks similar to clover) and when mowed low establishes a thick dense carpet look. Dichondra is now used in many ground cover situations where normal grasses may not do as well.
It has a bright green color and a very good feel underfoot. Dichondra is highly resistant to diseases and will grow in partial shade to full sun. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mowed.
When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for an even, smooth finish. Dichondra Repens is commonly called Kidney Weed, Dichondra Pony Foot, or Lawn Leaf. It grows so easily from ground cover seeds that it can be used as a lawn alternative to create a Dichondra Repens lawn.

Best for zones 7-11.

Seedman Basic Info:
Grows about 12 to 24 inches tall, will germinate in about 15-60 days depending on soil and weather conditions, germinates best if soil temperature is in the 60-70°F range.
Cover seeds about 1/16″ deep, blooms from April to July.

Also, known as Mossy Saxifrage or Purple Robe ground cover, Saxifrages grow well in containers, beds, rock gardens, and anywhere a low-growing, spreading ground cover plant is desired. Mossy Saxifrage plants prefer well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade conditions. Purple Robe does not do well in the hot humid areas. It is both deer and rabbit resistant.
Grows about 6 inches tall, a perennial hardy for zones 4-9. A pack of seeds ( about 600 ) will cover 10 square foot area.
Very tiny seeds! About the size of petunia seeds.

This mix produces free-flowering, drought-tolerant, easy-to-care-for plants that thrive in the hot, dry soil that other plants simply will not tolerate. These bright colored daisies typically are 1 1/2 inches across with dozens of long, slender petals jammed around a black eye. They face straight up on plants that just reach 4 – 6 inches tall. You can not find an easier flowering ground cover plant to establish from ground cover seed.

This makes a wonderful sunny border or small groundcover area. Blooms with very attractive, enormous in size, fully double, gold-yellow flowers that resemble chrysanthemums. Calendula blooms all season long, and the fragrant flowers are very attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.

This is a popular bordering plant and grown widely in flower beds. Pot Marigold is also a lovely container and pot plant. lseeds can be planted throughout the season, and growing Calendula prefers full sun tolerating partial shade and adapting to different types of soil. Re-seeds itself easily and makes a great cut flower for any floral arrangement. Grows about 24″ tall.

Sow seeds in starter flats, press the tiny seeds into soil but do not cover. Kept at 64-72F, germination is in 14-21 days.
Transplant into the garden 6-9 inches apart. Seeds can be direct sown into the garden ( but best started inside ) or in-between stones. The seeds must be kept moist continuously. It will be adaptable to mostly sunny locations in cooler climates or partial shade in warmer climates. Irish Moss ground cover needs moisture retentive, gritty, well-drained soil. The plants are hardy above -30F degrees.

Important Note: These are very tiny seeds, even smaller than tobacco or petunia seeds. They are easily germinated by following instructions above, but they must be started inside and transplanted outside as “plugs”. These will not germinate well outside, except in some instances where they are sowed between flagstones.

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