South African Silver Carpet thrives in poor, rocky soils and even salt spray, forming a dense silvery-green mat that smothers virtually all weeds. Large yellow daisy-like flowers appear mainly in spring and early summer.
Dymondia margaretae is widely used in Mediterranean areas as an ornamental alternative to turf. It forms a low, 5cm high, very drought tolerant ground cover and is a good lawn replacement in dry areas, but as with any lawn you may need to improve the soil first (especially if it doesn't get any shade).
Once established, the deep, fleshy roots act as a water reservoir, providing the plant with water when needed. The Dymondia carpet normally appears green/silver, but when the root water reserves are depleted and the plant needs water, the leaves curl up, revealing their silver undersides which reflect the sun's rays, reducing further water loss. It tolerates occasional heavy foot traffic and, like many grass alternatives, works well as a filler between paving and stepping stones.
We can produce Dymondia in large quantities for those wishing to use it as a lawn alternative. Depending on your soil conditions and time of planting, we can produce different sized plants for you at lower prices than the single plant stocks offered here. However, we do not recommend planting small plants in exposed areas with little water, as they have less developed root systems and are often unable to withstand the high temperatures experienced in the first summer of planting. Please contact us for more information, preferably before you remove your lawn.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.