Stunning Garden Plumbago Plants
Plumbago plants are evergreen perennials originally native to southern Africa, prized for their attractive flowers. Plumbago plants are sprawling shrubs with branches that resemble vines. It is prized for the profusion of blue phlox-like flowers it produces for extended periods of time. It has few pests and diseases are rare. Two additional bonuses are its deer resistance and, once established, these easy growing shrubs also tolerate drought. If you live in a USDA plant hardiness zone of 9-11, caring for a plumbago will be much easier and your selection of where to grow plumbago is endless. Size should be taken into account when deciding where to grow. Plumbago plants need plenty of room. It will grow as an evergreen shrub and makes an excellent foundation plant. It is a beautiful when planted over a stone or wood retaining wall, allowing its branches to cascade over in a waterfall of foliage and unusual blue flowers—and it will bloom all year long. Because of its pest and disease resistance, how to care for a plumbago is pretty basic.
It blooms best in full sun, but will tolerate some shade if you are willing to sacrifice some of the bloom. As with most plants, it prefers fertile, well-drained soil, but again, it isn’t fussy. Slightly acidic, slightly alkaline, clay, sand or loam, where to grow a plumbago in your zone is really a matter of where to dig the hole! These shrubs do tend to become leggy, so plumbago plants care does involve occasional pruning and you’ll sacrifice the bloom if you trim too often or too much.