Small-leaved ground-hugging plants are the focus of my plant interests at the moment it would seem.
I have been enjoying three plants above all others over the last few days. It might be that I am looking inwards having been locked up (down) for some time now, it might just be that I have the time to appreciate their diminutive nature. Whatever the reason, there is a clear pattern of characteristic in my interest.
Ficus pumila and cultivars, Fuchsia procumbens (today’s #oneadayplant on Insta) and Thymus pseudolanuginosus are all rocking my world. All hug the ground. All have leaves maxing out at or smaller than my thumbnail - much smaller in the case of the Thyme. All could be argued to be fairly boring (perhaps excluding the flower on the Fuchsia (pictured above)). Regardless, I love them all.
I have always loved Fuchsia procumbens and grown a couple of forms over the years. I think I will endeavour to get these again.
Thymus pseudolanuginosus is commonly called Wooly Thyme, which is easier to say and spell. The furry foliage, tight, ground hugging nature and tiny pink flowers are lovely. I haven’t yet, but plan to make a lawn over time out of it. The wonderful Jekka McVicar has done this at Chelsea previously using a number of Thymes. Something I really like.
Over the last year or so, I have been collecting Ficus pumila and its cultivars. ‘Quercifolia’ (pictured below) is my favourite with its gorgeous tiny oak leaves.
As a natural collector, once something interests me, I pursue it with a passion to collect them all. Ficus pumila have become my main houseplant interest and I’m considering applying for a Plant Heritage National Collection at some buy point.
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