Ellen Zagory / Special to The Bee

Hybrid soapwort

Durable Delights: Hybrid soapwort

Published: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

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.

Hybrid soapwort

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

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