Looking for a last minute gift idea for Mom? With loads of choices, why not shoot for something bold and colorful? I’m not talking lipstick in a tube. I’m talking plants of course. This groundcover’s bold magenta color can make any border, container planting or rock garden dazzle. Fragaria x 'Lipstick', an original descendant of our edible strawberry plants and a hybrid of Fragaria chiloensis has so many great features, take a peek below and decide yourself.
* ‘Lipstick’ is a great companion plant to grow under the canopy of flowering trees. It’s always a plus to find a plant that can handle root competition.
* A fast-spreading groundcover, it’s perfect for tough areas i.e., slopes that require erosion control.
* This perennial is not too fussy when it comes to its soil. Plus it handles those full sun or light shade areas. And did I mention it’s a Zone 2-8 perennial; good for any hard-to-grow cold spots.
* And I can’t forget its green foliage, making it a great add-in to your Memorial Day container plantings.
Still thinking cosmetics for Mother’s Day? Well, think again. If Mom doesn’t already have this easy to grow groundcover in her garden, its dainty, colorful flowers should finally convince you that this is a dynamite plant. And of course, a woman should always have lipstick to brighten up any day. As Roberta Gately reminds us, “Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color - it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.” To all the Moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy. And don’t forget to splurge and get Mom (or yourself) some ‘Lipstick’.
Images of Fragaria x 'Lipstick' in our garden weaved in with other groundcovers by Ann Bilowz
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