Candytuft, superb ground cover

Candytuft hold its name from the amazing blooming that renews itself from spring to fall.

Core Candytuft facts

Name – Iberis
Family – Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
Type – flower, perennial

Height
– 1 ½ feet (50 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – light

Foliage
– evergreen
Flowering – February to August depending on the variety

Caring for it is easy and the ornamental properties of this plant make it perfect as ground cover.

Planting candytuft

Planting iberis, candytuft is best done either in spring or fall.

Remember to water regularly at the beginning, especially if you’re planting in spring.

  • A blend of garden soil and soil mix is ideal for planting.
  • It enjoys being exposed to the sun as much as possible to bloom.
  • Multiply through crown division in summer.

Pruning and caring for candytuft

Easy to care for, Iberis or Candytuft only requires very little attention.

  • Remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).
  • Cut back after the blooming to make foliage denser, which will increase the following blooming.

Watering and fertilizing

It resists drought quite well and must only be watered during the first months after planting.

After that, no watering is necessary except in the event of extended dry spells.

Although this plant doesn’t quibble about the type of soil it is in, better add fertilizer when growing Iberis in pots.

  • Choose flower plant fertilizer at the beginning of the blooming.

All there is to know about candytuft

This plant is called evergreen Iberis (Iberis sempervirens) because it bears cute evergreen leafage all year round.

This is a ground cover plant that makes it possible to cover any given ground surface throughout all of the seasons.

Its average hardiness means that candytuft requires certain temperatures during the blooming and it also fears freezing.
Best choose a sheltered spot to grow it.

But it can also be found in the wild, self-sown all around the Mediterranean water basin.

This plant will be particularly appealing along the edges of a flower bed, in a garden box, and also in rocky ground and atop a dirt mound.

Our friends the bees are big fans of this plant.

Smart tip about candytuft

Candytuft doesn’t need any watering in summer… this scores points for saving water and for our planet, too!