This unusual selection forms a low tufted mound of grassy purple-black leaves, with contrasting magenta-pink pompon flowers for many weeks starting in late spring. Trim off the spent flowers to encourage repeat blooming. Good rock garden or edging plant. Especially nice when planted together with the more common green-leaved selections.
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Sea Thrift is one of the easiest perennials to grow. It thrives in full sun and loamy or sandy soils that are well-drained, especially in the winter. Wet soil for extended periods encourages root rot. Thrifts prefer cool temperatures and low humidity. Where summers are hot and humid, it should be grown in part shade.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
Avens – Grassy-looking thrift pairs well against aven’s fuzzy leaves and big, bold flowers.
Iris – The swordlike spears of iris mimic the grassy effect of thrift foliage. Peak bloom of thrift coincides with iris season.
Catmint – The silvery foliage and clear blue blooms of catmint pair beautifully with thrift. Both produce their first flush of blooms at the same time in spring and continue the colorful show throughout the summer.