This spreading, deciduous shrub brings welcome colour to the garden in late summer and early autumn when many other flowers have gone over.
Masses of disc-shaped, vivid blue flowers appear from August to October, complimenting the green stems and leaves with their purple margins. These leaves turn russet-red and orange and look spectacular with each fiery shoot ending in a bunch of these cobalt-blue blooms.
The Chinese plumbago is a sub-shrub and is partway between a shrub and a perennial where in some years it dies right down to the ground while in others, the top growth stays all winter, making a framework for the following year.
Originally a Chinese native, the flowers have the same round form as plumbago – hence Chinese plumbago – and it's best planted towards the front of a sheltered, sunny border in soil that does not get too dry.
Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come.
Supplied as an established plant in a 2L pot, Chinese Plumbago will reach approximately 1m (3ft 3in) tall x 1.5m (5ft) wide.