Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bush Clover

Bush Clover
Flat ground rarely exists in a mountain town. So, think about that when you're fertilizing your lawn. Nitrogen will run off ~ down the hill, and into streams. Fertilizer encourages invasive plants to grow thick and strong and ultimately clog up our pretty, babbling brooks.

There's an upside to run off, too...

As we ride our horses along the trails in Park City, we see the fun results of dedicated gardeners living atop the many hills. Wildflower seeds are running downhill, too, sprouting in the most unlikely places.

Which is why we are currently blessed with fall blooming, Bush Clover.

It’s a graceful plant, ultra xeric, with a weeping, mounded habit. Pretty pink flowers begin to bloom in late summer and will continue until the first hard frost. It absolutely loves dry, infertile soil and hot, hot sun. (Which is probably why it made the great escape from their well-sprinkled gardens!)

Bush Clover: Lespedeza thunbergii 'Gibraltar' and Lespedeza thunbergii 'Pink Fountains' are 2 great varieties for Southwest xeric gardens. USDA zones: 4-8, grows to approximately 4-5 feet in a waterwise garden. (If you give it a drink, it will surely die.)


eleKtrofly said...


i'd like to try to grow that here.

Anonymous said...

You lead a good life, Kate. I'm jealous. - Anne

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I forgot to ask how your volunteer bush clover is doing.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Kate,
I found this post by Googling bush clover pink fountains. I have the opportunity to buy a plant in the morning, but need to figure out if I have room and a dry spot for it.