If you're after a rugged little groundcover that still looks beaut, then pigfaces (or more politely, ice plants) are your dream come true. They can live off very little water, yet don't mind being battered by sea spray. They flower exotically in bright tropical colours. They need almost no care except perhaps an annual tidy up. Mesembryanthemum ice plants tend to have slightly smaller flowers and more slender leaves than Carpobrotus ice plants, which means they can thread around larger plants with ease.
Mesembryanthemum - mauve pigface, ice plant APPEARANCE: Low-growing carpet-forming succulent. Spreading stems covered with very slender fleshy leaves. Vibrant mauve daisy flowers. USE IN: Great for rockeries, pots, landscaping, groundcover, xeriscaping. Hardy and drought tolerant once established. LOCATION: Plant in free-draining soil in sun for maximum colour and compact shape. CARE: Water until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Once established, water when soil is dry. Keep it in a sunny position for at least part of the day. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 0.3m H x 1.5m W. YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants with a healthy young root system and will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide.