Candytuft is not named for candy but for Candia (in Crete, one of the southern European locales). It’s an old time favorite. Since it comes from the Mediterranean region and is drought tolerant, it makes a great filler for crevices in walls or between stones of walkways. Low growing, compact, spreading ever-green plant. Blooms in the spring.
The flower clusters smother the narrow-leaf foliage and open a bright pink and gradually age to soft lilac. The foliage forms perfect mounds. Shear plants lightly right after blooming to encourage a dense habit.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Rock cress – The jewel tones of rock cress show off brightly against white candytuft. Both plants enjoy similar conditions.
Basket-of-gold – Bright yellow basket of gold and candytuft make a fine pairing in a rock garden or tumbling over a wall. Basket of gold has lance-shape, often silvery leaves that contrast with the dark evergreen leaves of candytuft.
Veronica – The brilliant blue flowers of prostrate speedwell are highlighted against white candytuft. Both enjoy excellent drainage and full sun.