Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Leadwort)
This low-growing perennial is one of the prettiest groundcovers around! It grows 9-12 inches tall, and approximately 18 inches wide, and is covered with brilliant blue flowers from mid-summer through fall. The foliage is bright green in the spring and summer and gradually turns to a vibrate burgundy red in autumn.
Cerastostigma plumbaginoides is a great choice for several different areas of the garden. It will do well as an under-planting for larger shrubs, and will add a bold pop of color to any rock garden. If planted in containers or along a wall, it will spill over the edge, creating a soft billowy look.
As we get closer to fall, and you start thinking about your spring bulb planting, consider planting them among Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. This plant emerges late in the spring, just as the bulb foliage is starting to fade, providing you with continuous color. Plant in a sunny location, in well-drained soil. It can tolerate some shade, but will not bloom as well.
We are growing Ceratostigma plumbaginoides in one gallon containers. Give us a call or check out our website at www.clearwatercolor.com to see photos of these beautiful perennials.