Portulaca sun plant
Height 15-23cm (6-9in)
Planting distance 15cm (6in)
Flowers early summer to autumn
A swathe of sun plants (Portulaca grandiflora) makes a gloriously bright display, especially when theare allowed to tumble down a bank. The elegant cylindrical succulent leaves form dense mats 15-23cm (6-9in) high and are smothered in summer by single or double flowers in a range of colours.
Several varieties are available. ‘Double Mixed’ has double flowers in rich shades. ‘Sundance’ is semi-trailing, with double, brightly coloured flowers.
Sow the seeds under glass in early spring at a temperature of 18°C (64°F). Prick out the seedlings into boxes of potting compost and harden off before planting out in late spring, in a sunny site and well-drained soil.
Pests and diseases
Aphids may make the plants sticky.