An annual, creeping, strongly branched plant 15-20 cm high. Shoots are juicy, fleshy, light green, sometimes with a reddish tint. Leaves are fleshy, almost cylindrical, small, glabrous. Flowers are single, double, apical, 4-6 cm in diameter, of various shades. Flowers only open on clear, sunny days. Blooms from June until frost. The plant is thermophilic, drought-resistant, very light-loving, does not bloom at the slightest shade. Does not tolerate any fertilizers and grows on dry, sandy and even rocky soil with minimal watering.
Seeds are sown on seedlings in February-March superficially, covered with glass or foil, kept in the light. Seedlings appear in 7-14 days. Dive into pots with a diameter of 5-6 cm. Grown with very moderate watering. At the end of the frost, they are planted at a distance of 15-20 cm on flower beds, rocky hills.
They are planted in flowerpots, containers, boxes on balconies and loggias, on top of retaining walls. On the southern slopes.
* A flower bed for decorating the garden at the end of summer.
The flower garden consists of three parts, two of which are planned in the same way. The selection of plants in the third part is completely different, and the center of the whole composition is a decorative flowerpot, decorated with elegant ivy shoots. The tall flower stalks of late gladioli towering in the background will become a wonderful background for it. Their bright bloom is picked up by sunny marigolds and multi-colored spots of purslane. The center of the one-sided pieces is the bright orange dahlias. Their sharp contrast with the multi-colored annual asters is muffled by undersized astilbe, as well as autumn crocus and sweet alyssum, planted along the edge and forming a double border.
Specification of plants:
1. Common ivy (Hedera helix)
2. Dahlia (Dahlia variabilis)
3. Astilbe arendsii
4. Aster annual (Aster chinensis)
5. Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
6. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
7. Large-flowered purslane, moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora)
8. Low-growing marigolds (Tagetes patula nana)
Eng.: Moss rose. Suom.: Koristeportulakka. Sven.: Praktportlak.