This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei'
Size: Under 1 foot tall
Bloom season: Summer, fall
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none; prune to maintain compact shape.
Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Snapshot: Hybrid soapwort has pretty, pink flowers that bloom through summer into autumn. Dependable in even the hottest weather, this low-growing perennial is perfect for rock gardens or around roses and taller plants. Its low-maintenance and low-water needs make it ideal in Sacramento. You can see specimens in the arboretum's teaching nursery on the UC Davis campus.
For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu
See the arboretum's Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at http://www.sacbee.com/home_garden