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READER PHOTO! An unexpected groundcover

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Kind of continuing in the groundcover theme, today’s photos are from Jane Horn in Prior Lake, Minnesota. She says, “I love using jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum cv., annual) as a ground cover.  I planted a few plants one year and was rewarded with seedlings that look great in the garden.  The Talinum is an annual here in USDA Hardiness Zone 4 but by reseeding, it keeps on giving. Some of them even grow up to bloom.  The third photo shows their pink “forget-me-not” blossoms.  The last two photos show the mature garden in the fall.” Thanks, Jane, for sharing!

Got any groundcover photos you’d like to share? Email me!

Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Click here to enlarge this photo.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Kind of continuing in the groundcover theme, today’s photos are from Jane Horn in Prior Lake, Minnesota. She says, “I love using jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum cv., annual) as a ground cover.  I planted a few plants one year and was rewarded with seedlings that look great in the garden.  The Talinum is an annual here in USDA Hardiness Zone 4 but by reseeding, it keeps on giving. Some of them even grow up to bloom.  The third photo shows their pink “forget-me-not” blossoms.  The last two photos show the mature garden in the fall.” Thanks, Jane, for sharing!

Got any groundcover photos you’d like to share? Email me!

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  1. arboretum 11/10/2010

    such a neat little trick here! gains real impact w/ the purple campanula(?). and what is the green and white variegated plant?
    thanks much,
    mindy
    http://www.cottonarboretum.com/
    a teaching website

  2. catsdogs 11/10/2010

    Girl, Thats some beauty going on there, just love the purple, and the green together. Very Nice,.

  3. OTTILLIE 11/10/2010

    Very nice contrast -- congrats on photo of the day!!!

  4. fourseasons 11/10/2010

    Jewels of Opar has made a welcome return in my garden for years. I love using the dainty flowers as a filler in my flower arrangements.

  5. Lisianne 11/10/2010

    This post came at a good time for me. I was pondering doing just this next spring and have saved the seeds. My question: even though it's easy to pull up, does it become an annoyance? It's not really invasive I don't think, but I think I'd be pulling it up as weeds for years after I tried it. I had gorgeous, large plants growing in the cracks in my sidewalk (and I didn't have the heart to pull them out.)

  6. sheilaschultz 11/10/2010

    Jane Horn, You Rock! Your great color and texture combos create a beautiful garden. You also remind me to throw in annuals more often in my perennial gardens... Thank you.

  7. sheilaschultz 11/10/2010

    PS I love using Talinum paniculatum cv. in my containers. The color of the leaves is an easy pop and the sweet flowers are a treat.

  8. LoreneIvol 11/11/2010

    The variegated plant is Sedum 'Frosty Morn'. Love it! It is now tending to flop in my garden so next June I will cut it back by half in June. Jane Horn

  9. LynnBay 11/12/2010

    I love the great photos! Having the correct ground cover for your climate and purpose is so very important! I always check and make sure that what ever I use is also wildlife friendly. We are discussing the issue on our web site. http://www.gardenponds.co

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