Real World Gardener Bacopa is Plant of the Week

September 13th, 2015

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Talking with the Plant Panel; Karen Smith editor of www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley owner www.thegreengallery.com.au
These next plants are quite low growing but are the sort of plant that flower a lot and you can stuff here and there into rockeries and nooks and crannies in your garden, or if you like hanging baskets, they’ll trail over these.

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They have a bit of a strange name so I’m surprised that marketers haven’t coming up with something more inspiring.

The flowers are pretty showy though so let’s find out what it is.

Bacopa is an evergreen  mat forming plant that grows about 5 - 10 cm tall and has stems covered in bright green, simple leaves that are slightly thickened.

If you plant your Bacopa in the garden it will make nice mat or groundcover

Bacopa has a five-petaled flowers which small  but profuse.

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The colours vary from whites to pinks and mauves, depending on the variety.

Potted in planters, bacopa stems trail down over the container's edge and are especially attractive mixed with other plants in hanging baskets.

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Growers now plant them up in Trixies and Mixies where 3 plants are grown in the same plug.

 

 Where to plant your Bacopa

Bacopa does best in a spot that receives morning sun and some afternoon shade.

It can tolerate being in full sun throughout the day if kept well-watered, although summer heat and full sun can cause the plant to droop.

bacopa%2Btrixies%2Bin%2Bgreen%2Bpot.jpgThis plant needs regular watering, especially during the first few weeks after planting, and isn't tolerant of dry spells or drought. Adding a 5 cm layer of organic mulch around the

It turns out that Scopia is just a name for a series of 16 varieties of Bacopa.

 

Among them are the Gulliver varieties, which have very large flowers.

If you’re area’s climate is really warm, then Bacopa doesn’t like to grow there so much.

However Bacopa does grow well in dappled and semi-shade so there’s another choice for all those gardeners that either have different amounts of sun and shade in their garden where they need a plant that can cope with both.

 

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