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Armeria, also known as thrift, is a hearty plant that blooms white, pink and red roses, making a great edging plant. Grow armeria from the seed in the spring or fall with helpful advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow Armeria, or thrift, and it's a beautiful perennial from the mountains of Spain. So Armeria, or Sea Pink, is native to the mountains of Spain so it's hearty in almost all zones. It can handle pretty cold climates to pretty warm climates and the leaves grow in compact tufts, and they have little rosettes. And then they flower in gorgeous white, pink, roses, and reds. And they're very sturdy and dependable plants for edging the walks or the borders and for tiny mounds around rock gardens or raised beds. They're great in containers and they need full hot sun, but they're not too fussy about water if the drainage is excellent. They want good drainage, but they are very drought tolerant too, so they can handle short periods if there's no water at all. And you can start 'em by division or from seeds in the spring or the fall. Now Armeria is also called Sea Pink because they look like little Dianthus or little Carnations, so they're very vivid when they're in bloom, and they're a gorgeous addition to your garden.