4 Clip: Groundcover Red Apple, Aptenia
cordifolia, a trailing South African native, is a relative of the ice plant which blooms fabulously in spring then becomes almost unattractive in the heat.
Aptenia cordifolia 'Red Apple' may be the most popular choice for this purpose, but it's by no means the only one.
Or fill hanging baskets with lampranthus and 'Red Apple' aptenia.
What makes this plant amazing: Anyone who has lived in Southern California has seen aptenia - those clusters of smooth succulent leaves capped with small reddish flowers.
Succulent plants are famous for mutating, and aptenia is a succulent.
You might also consider red apple ice plant, Aptenia
Cordifolia, which is one of the fastest-growing ground covers, but will require at least twice-weekly watering if planted in full sun in your area.
Although some can be planted in summer--yarrow, Aptenia, and lavender, for example--others are more susceptible to disease if planted and watered when soil is too warm.
This hybrid of Aptenia cordifolia and Platythyra haeckeliana is sold in flats.
Acacia longifolia, Aptenia
cordifolia, asparagus fern, Australian willow, purple hop bush, and 'Petite Salmon' oleander (standard oleanders survived).
Ivy, butterfly iris (Dietes bicolor), and aptenia
grown in pockets between rocks and cascade into the spa.