Arenaria caespitosa aurea description
A good golden carpet – especially welcome through the autumn.
Surprisingly effective miniature white, star-like flowers in early summer.
How easy is it to grow:
Excellent for planting in pathways and paving, for the front of a border, hanging over a wall, in containers or by a patio and is fairly easy if given good drainage but it can get hit back in winter if in an exposed position.
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Common name: Golden Sandwort.
Other names: Sagina subulata Aurea or Sagina Aurea or Minuartia Verna Aurea
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, for filling a gap at the front of a border.
Can it be used for planting amongst paving?
Yes, it doesn’t mind being trodden on sometimes.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony. Also dry semi shade.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Fairly hardy, is best in a site that isn’t too exposed.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 5 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
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