I posted about this pretty plant here last autumn, but as that was one of my first posts I doubt if anyone read it!  So here it is again… one of my all-time favourites.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Also known as leadwort or plumbago (Chinesische Bleiwurz)

(Click on the photos for a closer look)

Last year I wrote that this flowering ground cover spreads slowly. Well, that must be because my rockery is very hot and dry, as my neighbour tells me she is always pulling bits out! (Be warned – its roots can become invasive!)

It is very hardy (zone 5), drought-tolerant, preferring well-drained soil, and it can grow in nutritionally poor ground, but does need sun or at least half-shade. It flowers from August to late October, but the deep blue flowers are only part of its attraction – the leaves also change colour, to a reddish bronze.