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. :)
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.