Groundhugging shrubs.

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Tim Ingram
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I think Lithodora oleifolia is probably hardier than L. diffusa​; it has a limited distribution and at a higher altitude. We are roughly zone 8 and have never had winter lows below -15°C - but we do tend to specialise in more Mediterranean-type plants! There are some smaller ecotypes of L. diffusa from higher altitude (like 'Picos') which is lime tolerant and I imagine a good bit hardier than 'Grace Ward'.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Fermi
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Tim,

I'll have to look out for seeds of that Lithodora -  L. "Grace Ward" is the only one seen locally!

Here's another ground-hugger which Crocus pulchellus is able to penetrate when it's time to flower: Haplopappus coronipifolius (syn glutinosus)

cheers

fermi

Crocus emerging thru Haplopappus coronipifolius

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Fermi
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This is a local, native "rice-flower", Pimelea glauca (I think) which suckers lightly and can provide a not-too-dense ground cover,

Pimelea .maybe.glauca. with Armeria cv.Pimelea .maybe.glauca. with Armeria cv.

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Hoy
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Nice plant, Fermi!

It seems that the Pimelea  likes the same conditions as the Armeria? Could be possible to grow it here then!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

penstemon
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Autumn color on Rhamnus microcarpa. The shrub grows about 1mm every two years.

 

Bob

 

 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

RickR
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What would you guess the age is on that one, then?

It must have grown a little faster when young...?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

penstemon
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Say twenty years old. The whole plant is about 20cm across. 

Not like this one, for sure. http://www.plantarium.ru/page/image/id/102069.html  (This is a link to a website for people who have the self-control to be able to enjoy pictures of plants and not want every single one of them, so be forewarned.)

 

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Fermi
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Hoy wrote:

Nice plant, Fermi!

It seems that the Pimelea  likes the same conditions as the Armeria? Could be possible to grow it here then!

I'll have to see if there is any seed set on it!

Here's a ground-hugging shrub that gets a bit too huggy - it swamps anything in its path!

Margyricarpus pinnatus, "Pearl-berry" growing with Geranium harveyi

Margyricarpus pinnatusMargyricarpus pinnatus  

and a pic of the Haplopappus coronopifilus in flower

Haplopappus coronopifolius Haplopappus coronopifolius

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Hoy
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Fermi wrote:

 

Hoy wrote:

Nice plant, Fermi!

It seems that the Pimelea  likes the same conditions as the Armeria? Could be possible to grow it here then!

I'll have to see if there is any seed set on it!

Here's a ground-hugging shrub that gets a bit too huggy - it swamps anything in its path!

Margyricarpus pinnatus, "Pearl-berry" growing with Geranium harveyi

and a pic of the Haplopappus coronopifilus in flower

cheers

fermi

Hi Fermi, you certainly have some nice shrubs! Never heard of the Pearlfruit before.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Fermi
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Hi Trond,

I wonder if it would be hardy for you?

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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