Your Daily Dose of Natural Beauty, courtesy Advertiser Zenith Holland Nursery – Delosperma Hot Color from the “Ice Plant”:
When you take a look at today’s image you may be struck by the juxtaposition between the plant’s vibrant color and the cool sounding name “Ice Plant.” The name comes from tiny hairs on the leaves and stems which refract the light to suggest ice glistening. However, Delosperma are most successful in anything but ice. They are a warm weather perennial with succulent–like foliage. It is available in several colors, but this hot pink is quite common.
Delosperma has a low and spreading growth and in reliably sunny areas it will bloom all summer long. It is often seen in rock gardens and on slopes and edging. Plants will typically grow about two feet wide, but may surprise you with more in certain conditions. It has even been known to be invasive, however not usually in the PNW.
If you think of it’s native origins in South Africa you will have many clues towards what it likes; Full sun, well draining soil sandy or gravelly are best. Great as a drought tolerant bloomer, you only need to water about once every two weeks and one does of fertilizer in the fall is all that is required. With all that in mind, sign us up for this low maintenance stunner.
ABOUT OUR SPONSOR
This “Daily Dose of Natural Beauty” is brought to you by Zenith Holland Nursery, thanking you and the South King County community for your continuing support.
As a designated “Essential Business” member of the Food and Agriculture sector, Zenith Holland Nursery is operating daily offering a broad selection of edibles including fruits and cool season vegetable starts that can be planted now. Owner/Operator Lyn Robinson and her husband are on site daily to assist customers with their horticultural needs, while other staff remain safely at home.
If you are one of the many folks who would like to seize your stay-at-home time to plant a Victory garden, Zenith Holland can help. They are a local resource for seeds, soil and fertilizer. While practicing social distancing measures on site, they can also answer questions or orders by phone.
Established in 1907, Zenith Holland Nursery is proud to be the oldest continually operating business in Des Moines. They specialize in growing and providing quality plants ranging from hardy perennials to culinary herbs, colorful annuals, sedums, ground covers and hanging baskets. The nursery sits on just over an acre of land with eleven greenhouses.
Zenith Holland is located just south of downtown Des Moines at 23260 Marine View Drive South (map below).
Their current hours are:
- Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. so you can shop small, shop local, shop essential.
Zenith Holland Nursery
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-7002
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