Texas Gardening forum→Any experience with Ceratostigna plumbaginoides (Dwarf Plumbago)

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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Peggy8b
Aug 19, 2019 11:36 AM CST
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I'm thinking about planting this perennial ground cover (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) next Spring in my mostly shade garden. A San Antonio gardener I chat with introduced me to it last year and said it did well for her in both sun and shade. Their weather is pretty much like Temple's, though their soil may be different from my alkaline soil. I want it just in the center "island" (photo below) where the limestone bench is seen. The surrounding cement path should block it getting out of control and overtaking other beds. Do you think it would look nice there? After the leaves color in the Fall, does it keep them until spring? When it dies back in winter, am I going to have a pretty ugly, bare "island" until new shoots in Spring? Of course, that's pretty much what I have now using downed leaves for my mulch. :)

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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Deer Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bluebonnets Irises Lilies
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Peggy8b
Aug 28, 2019 2:50 PM CST
Nobody? I was hoping someone would have some advice. Sigh. Well, I guess it's not that common. I'm just going to have to give it a go based on my other TX garden forum recommendation for San Antonio, as I want a brilliant blue ground cover there in the middle of this garden.
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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plantmanager
Aug 28, 2019 3:36 PM CST
Peggy, I'm sorry, but I don't know the plant. Go ahead and give it a try. I think it would look wonderful as a ground cover for you. I might even give it a try now that you've mentioned it!
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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Deer Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bluebonnets Irises Lilies
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Peggy8b
Aug 28, 2019 6:47 PM CST
I guess I'll give it a go with just a few to start out.
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
Sempervivums Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
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plantmanager
Aug 28, 2019 6:53 PM CST
Please let me know how they do! I'm constantly trying new plants trying to find things the deer and rabbits won't eat.
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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Deer Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bluebonnets Irises Lilies
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Peggy8b
Aug 28, 2019 6:55 PM CST
Well I don't have any deer or rabbits here in the city, so I don't know about that aspect. Will let you know how they fare in my alkaline soil though.
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
Sempervivums Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
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plantmanager
Aug 28, 2019 10:07 PM CST
I have very alkaline soil here too.
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