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Don't forget to include ceratostigma for their wonderful combination of red autumn foliage and brilliant blue flowers.

Good grown in pots, as they trail a bit and, once the display is over, just cut down all the top growth and move to an inconspicuous corner.
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,767

    I have it already, in a flower bed, spread a bit, needs controlling, but lovely.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,411

    Mine's in a pot because I had to remove it from the garden for new drains. It looks great and will stay in a pot



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,411

    We didn't discuss which ceratostigma we were talking about. I'd assumed plumbaginoides because of the red. But are we?



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,411

    I don't get much in the way of tints from willmottianum Verdun.

    Is griffithii not so hardy? I grew some from seed a few years back but they died in their first winter outside.

    Plumbaginoides  is stunning. I'd take you a photo if it wasn't dark



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,411

    I'll see if I can get a photo tomorrow Verdun. I haven't found it too much of a speader in the ground but I will be keeping it in a pot now. It never looked that good in the ground



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,767

    Now I've learnt something from this. Mine was labelled in the French Garden Centre as Wilmottianum, but on looking it up I'm pretty sure it's Plumbaginoides. It's not very tall and it spreads. 

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,411

    sounds like plumbaginoides. Very floppy and 'all over the place'

    wilmottianum has stiff upright stems, a shrubby look to it

     



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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