Ground covers, Perennials
Valued for clusters of intense blue, phloxlike flowers that bloom in summer to late fall, when cool hues are often especially welcome in the garden. (For pale blue-flowered Cape plumbago, see Plumbago auriculata.) Tolerates inconsistent watering. Shrubby species are usually treated like perennials in colder zones; cut them back after bloom and apply a thick mulch.
Native to China. Wiry-stemmed groundcover to 6–12 in. high. Bronzy to dark green, 3-in.-long leaves turn reddish brown with frosts. Blooms well only in areas with a long growing season. Most striking in early or midautumn, when blue blossoms contrast with red fall foliage. In loose soil and where the growing season is long, spreads rapidly and (eventually) widely by underground stems. Plant 1–1 1/2 ft. apart for quick cover. When plants show signs of aging, dig up and replace with rooted stems in spring or summer.
Hybrid of M. denudata and M. liliiflora, this deciduous tree grows to 25 ft. high an...
European native for rock gardens or naturalizing. In bulb and leaf, resembles small hyacinth, but 10-i...
Vivid magenta-red flowers on fast-growing stems up to 12 ft. long.