(A beautiful window box or hanging basket flowering plant)
By Jeanne Howald
During the summer months, I planted a vibrant blooming annual called “Purslane” (or Big Bloom) in a window box. It has continued to blossom very nicely on into the early fall season, with soft green foliage and pretty blooming multicolored flowers. Needing full sun (and average watering), this type of box container has been just perfect for this blooming annual plant, as well being planted in a basket, which I have hanging down from a chain on a garden hook.
Purslane (Big Bloom) can also be planted in large pots or used for blooming ground cover in beds. I recently discovered neighbors who had this pretty big bloom plant overflowing and blooming from novelty rod iron "wheel barrows" and big tilted ceramic jars in their yard. The blooming flowers of this easy care annual, are typically red, yellow, white and pink, and spring up in clusters among the foliage. It is "heat tolerant", thriving well in hotter, drier climates, and grows to 6" in height. Native to Persia and India, this beautiful big bloom plant is considered to be in the "succulent" family and can also be eaten raw in salads or sauteed like spinach for health benefits. (Jan Johnson/magnificent Purslane/serenityinthegarden.blogspot.com).
Purslane can be purchased for planting at the beginning of spring and on into the summer at most garden centers or nurseries, and it can be planted in general potting soil. There are a variety of many other nice (annual) blooming plants to choose from each year, such as petunias, begonias, and vincas, but purslane seems to be a winner, as far as low maintenance, adjustment to most climates, beautiful multicolor blooming, and versatility. And as house flags fly to welcome spring, summer, (and even fall), purslane- Big Bloom- can add a vibrant and creative touch to any yard or flower garden.