Silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae) revisited
My May 2011 post on silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae) has been getting a lot of hits lately. I don’t know why this sudden spike of interest in this South African groundcover, but I thought this would be a good time for an update.
This is what the planting strip between our front lawn and the flagstone walkway looked like in May 2011:
May 28, 2011 before planting silver carpet
May 28, 2011 just after planting silver carpet
Fast forward 15 months to August 24, 2012. The difference is astounding.
I originally planted 12 x 2-inch plugs and was worried at the time that I should have gotten more. As you can see, my worries were unfounded.
Silver carpet only grows an inch or two tall but it quickly forms a dense mat, especially if it gets regular water. (Ours receives overspray from the lawn sprinklers.)
The flowers are small and would be quite inconspicuous if it weren’t for their bright yellow color.
In my original post, I complained about the lack of availability of this tough-as-nails groundcover. I’m happy to report that this summer I’ve seen it sold by the flat at local nurseries. I can’t think of a better choice for areas where you want complete weed suppression from a maintenance-free groundcover.