About Cerastium Silver Carpet
We saw a beautiful example of Cerastium Silver Carpet at our neighbor’s home where the path to their house was lined on both sides by Cerastium with a backdrop of blue Lavender plants. Both enjoy sun and well-drained soil so are a perfect combination. They are also known as “Snow in Summer” due to the beautiful white flowers that smother the foliage late Spring and early Summer. Cerastium Silver Carpet is also a great rock garden plant because it tolerates well dry, drained and sunny conditions. Washington State University lists Cerastium as a deer resistant plant.
Cerastium Silver Carpet
Planting and Growing Cerastium
Make sure your Cerastium “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area in the sun. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.