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Portulaca Grandiflora Border

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There are so many varieties of portulaca, I get confused. Understandable, as the taxonomists don't always agree on what's what in this Portulacaceae family. If I'm not mistaken, here, I am growing Portulaca Grandiflora, commonly known as 'Moss Rose'.

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The picture shows a one foot section of a fifty foot border. Naturally, I captured the best looking section. When the entire border has filled in nicely, I will submit a picture of the whole thing.

The moss rose is growing in sunken rain gutters. This keeps everything neat, and mowing and edging is a breeze. And if Bermuda grass should creep into the gutters, it's so easy to get out because it can grow to only a depth of 4 inches.

I have pictures of removing soil and putting the gutters in place. I hope to submit those for posting, soon. All I'm waiting for is for the moss rose to thicken up a bit as I want to show a nice finished product.

Now, this is ThriftyFun, so it's expected that I divulge how frugally I grew this 50 foot border. (This is flowers only. I will get into the cost of the gutters when I do an article on them). Are you ready?

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I paid not one red cent! I started rooting bunches and bunches of Mexican heather to grow in these gutters. Even before the heather had rooted well enough to transplant to the gutters, I saw something else coming up in them.

Lo and behold! Moss rose volunteers everywhere. I would have expected a few as I grew some in the gutters last year. But this many? They were even scattered on the lawn. No sweat. I just transplanted those to the gutters.

Isn't it nice when things go the way we would have them go all the time, if only we could? Yes!

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

Those seem to be doing nicely so your next article should be in the making soon. Sounds like a very interesting way to plant a nice border.

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I did think Moss Rose was an annual so do you collect seeds or overwinter some of your plants? Some of mine die back (frost usually) but generally return later. I would like to fix a border but just planting a row does not always look that good and I usually have to keep it trimmed with an edger so I will be sure to read your post on using gutter strips.

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