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A waterfall of foliage

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

At the Enid A. Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’, USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11) spills over a wall, creating a sheet of glimmering silver. This tender plant is a popular spiller in container designs, but is also effective draping from high places in a garden. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and will grow several feet in one season.

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  1. Deanneart 08/13/2010

    Great use of this terrific trailer!

  2. David_Bockman 08/13/2010

    Lovely-- nice to see what it can do outside of a container. A non-seasonal way to achieve this is by the careful sighting of a Cedrus Atlantica 'Glauca Pendula', although that tree is not appropriate for every site of course.

  3. perennialpal 08/13/2010

    How lovely! I was under the impression that this plant was a shade plant. Maybe that is why I haven't been able to get it to grow for me here in Texas.....or is it just too hot here?

  4. sheilaschultz 08/13/2010

    I never thought to use it as a trailer on a wall. It must be mesmerizing when the wind causes movement.

  5. agardener 08/13/2010

    Nice as a waterfall - it is quite a fast grower.. Hope this plant doesn't "escape".

  6. grizmom3 08/13/2010

    Way to go D.C. Smithsonian!! Eat your heart out white house Cherry Blossoms.

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