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Tough Groundcover – Plumbago

Plumbago is a moderate spreader and keeps it tidy good looks throughout the gardening season.

A real dependable “tough it out” ground cover is Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides).  Yes it is a mouthful – but oh what an underutilized ground cover for sun to partly shaded areas (or those transitional areas) that is worth growing in your garden.

If you are looking for a  moderate spreader that gives you light glossy foliage that looks nice and tidy throughout the growing season (and helps suppress the weeds) Plumbago is definitely a groundcover to consider looking charming beneath shrubs or as an edging plant.

Great Fall Color!

I really like blue flowers which appear in mid summer just when you need a pop of color for the garden.   You’ll get some nice fall color too when the foliage turns to a red coppery bronze color.  Give it good drainage, and let it do its thing as it thrives on neglect.

Be patient in spring. Plumbago breaks dormancy later that most plants.

  • Botanical:  Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Common: Plumbago
  • USDA – Zone 5-8
  • Light:  Full sun to part shade.  Shade in hot afternoon.
  • Size:  6-12 inches tall
  • Spread:  Moderate spread by rhizomes 1-2 feet wide
  • Features: Tolerate clay, sand, drought, part shade, sun,  deer,
  • Uses:  Undemanding groundcover

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