I’m happy to say that one of my plants was chosen as a winner in the 2016 Plant Select Program from Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University. These plants are selected by a panel of professionals after trialing various plants in their gardens. Delosperma ‘Alan’s Apricot’ is a seedling that we introduced to the trade and have found worthwhile in gardens. Click on this link and you will learn more about the winners and the program: http://plantselect.org/plants/new-for-2016/
Delospermas are native to South Africa, and several hardy species have been identified from the Drakensberg Mountains. The hardiest of them is Delosperma nubigenum, a vibrant green plant with yellow blooms in early summer. It is well known for the bright pink foliage color during the winter months. They live in rocks and gravel, so it is happy in a rocky location.
Delosperma ‘Table Mountain’ is another Plant Select winner, and it has been a strong plant in my garden producing a carpet of bloom. When the size has been reduced by winter, it is fully replenished by June. A trouble free plant that blooms for many months.
Delosperma cooperi looks very similar, and it also long blooming. It will be more likely to spread gently with some seedlings and the plant may even still have a few blooms at Thanksgiving. That is quite a bloom season.
All are drought tolerant and deer resistant. There are numerous introductions including red and orange tones and more. ‘Firespinner’ is a really bright color combo.