Falls dichondra also works exceedingly well as a
ground cover with other annuals or perinnials.
past couple of years I have been amazed seeing the
potential of Silver Falls dichondra in mixed containers.
This plant often ignored because itís silver or gray
and of course is a cousin to the weed we fight in our
Falls may be the ultimate spiller plant for baskets and
mixed containers. While a showy trailer, Silver Falls
will not become a nuisance. Instead, you will welcome
this plant from Ball Horticultureís Simply Beautiful
line of plants with open arms.
just how long you will let those silver leaves trail is
a big personal comfort zone question. Silver Falls can
easily flow 6 feet over a hanging basket. I assure you
this makes a dramatic statement as it plummets downward
and sways in the breeze. If it passes your comfort zone
simply snip it, no one but you will ever know.
Falls silvery, shiny leaves and stems give a cool,
soothing feeling to the full sun porch patio or deck
where it is growing. It is drought tolerant and tough
enough to take the torrid summer heat. In fact, this is
one plant that when you return from a summer vacation,
will still be alive and performing in your landscape.
Falls is practically foolproof to grow. If planted in a
mixed container, choose a good light, airy mix with good
moisture and nutrient holding capacity. There is no fuss
or muss, insect or disease pressures are practically
non-existent, and no pinching is required. Silver Falls
also recovers quickly if wilted.
may wonder, what color plant will coordinate with
silver. To be honest, you can treat it like white and
use it with anything. Silver Falls is an environmentally
friendly plant making the grower look like he or she has
a degree in horticulture and design.
shades of pink, purple, lavender and blue are
extraordinary, but on the other hand, Iíve seen it
with lime green and was surprised by its showy display.
Falls also offers great potential for a small spreading
groundcover. When used as a groundcover you will notice
that it does form a dense mat choking out weeds. Try
also in front of colorful foliage like Little Ruby or
Purple Knight alternanthera, Mariposa or Redhead coleus
and ornamental peppers like Purple Flash or Black Pearl.
you are choosing plants for mixed containers or in the
landscape, you want to select some with differing leaf
and flower textures. Silver Falls will most assuredly
give a unique and wonderful appearance all summer long
whether plummeting over the edge of a container or a sea
of silver as a groundcover.
we are rocketing toward the dog days of summer Silver
Falls will thrive in the heat of August and last until
the first frost of fall.