Saponaria is a sprawling plant which forms a nice carpet of semi-evergreen foliage. Small sprays of pink flowers appear in early summer. It works well in a rock garden, as a ground cover, or between stepping stones on a path. The common name, Soapwort, refers to the sap from the roots of S. officinalis which was once used to make soap.
Saponaria prefers full sun and average to dry, well-drained soil. Cut plants back by about half after they are finished blooming to maintain a compact habit. This may also provide the added benefit of sporadic repeat bloom in late summer.
Rock Cress (Aubrieta ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Pinks (Dianthus ), Snow in Summer (Cerastium
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