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A truly beautiful low growing ground cover type plant is called the portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora), or sometimes known as the sun rose or moss rose. Portulaca flowers tolerate many kinds of soil but prefer sandy, well-drained soil and love the full sunlight. When planting the portulaca seeds, it is not necessary to cover the seed at all and, if covered, only very lightly as they need the sun to sprout and grow. Portulaca flowers are truly beautiful in various garden and landscape settings and have been used to beautify old structures and stone walkways, as they grow well in the old cracks in the structures where winds have deposited just enough soil to support them. These wonderful plants will help attract butterflies to your gardens as well as acting as eye-catchers for your gardens or landscapes. One word of caution though, the area around and underneath where the hanging baskets or other containers are located can easily be populated by more portulaca plants the next summer from the seeds spread by the plants the previous year. If you haven’t tried a cottage garden and you like informal settings try planting hollyhocks with old garden roses and sweet peas on trellises. All plants are classified into zones, that is, which climate zone they will thrive the best in.
And it's low-maintenance, too! This unique tree can grow all the way north into Growing Zone 5 and is resistant to deer and other animal damage. These plants are excellent for high heat and drought tolerance, and will seed and spread themselves very well.

The cylindrical foliage of the portulaca flower retains moisture very well, thus, regular watering is not needed.
The seeds planted in the gravel mulch in my rose bed were scattered by hand over the gravel and the gravel lightly rocked back and forth with my hand to help the seed reach the soil below. Portulaca flowers are beautiful growing around the stones of a garden path with their mix of beautiful colors of pink, red, yellow, orange, deep lavender, cream and white.
They may be planted in containers as well such as whiskey barrel planters and hanging baskets.
Good annuals to plant around this garden could be cosmos, larkspur, bellflowers, zinnias and pansies or  violas. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. Some control methods may be needed to keep portulaca plants from becoming invasive to areas where they are not wanted. The portulaca plants will grow out and over the edges of the containers, making a grand display of their cylindrical somewhat moss like foliage and truly strikingly vibrant colored blooms. While portulaca is an annual, they do indeed come back every year without any further help from me.
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From personal experience in my garden areas, I can tell you that these wonderful plants do spread easily and very well.

There is no right or wrong way to plant a cottage garden as long as the tall plants are in the back and short plants in front. It's in the hibiscus family, where plants are noted for their abundant and exotic blooms, and will give a dramatic look to any garden space.
I love my cottage garden  because it gives me a chance to plant all the flowers my grandmother had in her garden and add a few of my own, Another plus to the cottage garden is that birds, bees and butterflies love the plants.
A mature tree will only reach about 6-8 feet tall, making it perfect for small suburban gardens. Hollyhocks are short lived perennials in our area and can bloom the first season if planted in the fall. The white blooms contrast well with other summer-blooming perennials, or against the darker leaves of nearby conifers or trees.
This gives your seeds a great start by providing a nutritious medium for the baby seedlings.
Hollyhocks will reseed themselves so keep the ground clear and mulched around the plant to help reseeding.

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