Floral Friday ~ August 10, 2018

Hello and welcome to Floral Friday. With only 43 days until the official arrival of Autumn (YAY!) the garden is starting to wind down. Most of the perennials are starting to get slightly beyond their best blooming days and the big star in the garden is one with a funny name, Hardy Plumbago (sometimes known as Leadwort). Years ago I began the process of removing all turf grass in the yard in favor of ground covers and perennials. With an oversized corner lot, constant water restrictions, I decided long ago that growing ‘hay’ (otherwise known as grass) was not the way I wanted to spend summer, watering, mowing, fertilizing…repeat. And for what, a plain old carpet of green. Umm, no thank you.

Along the garden path

Recently, this ground cover began to blossom with its trademark blue flowers. Blooming over the next month or so, Hardy Plumbago is a long-lived groundcover that slowly weaves itself through the garden fabric, creating large drifts of fall color. The deep blue flowers are numerous and long-lasting. Plants are anywhere from 6-8″ tall and grow to about 18″ wide. It naturalizes easily and after planting the initial two flats of plants, it’s filled in nicely around the flagstone path. It can tolerate mild foot traffic so I don’t have to worry by the Knuckleheads stomping wandering through.

Closeup of Hardy Plumbago

Once the flowers have bloomed, the leaves will turn a gorgeous shade of mahogany throughout the autumn. Plumbago is extremely adaptable,, drought tolerant, grows well in sun or shade, and thrives in all types of soil. While slow to leaf out in the spring, this group cover is worth the wait.  6-8″ tall x 18″ wide and will grow in Zones 5 through 9 easily. Plumbago is deer resistant and attracts butterflies. Last year’s abundant Painted Lady butterflies enjoyed noshing on their nectar.

Hardy Plumbago in the autumn garden

Seeing this garden beauty convinces me that cooler temps are on the way. How’s your garden holding up this time of year? Got any plans for the weekend?

Live, love, bark! 🐾

62 thoughts on “Floral Friday ~ August 10, 2018

  1. M. K. Clinton

    Oh, your ground cover is beautiful! My husband loves to tend our yard so our grass is always thick and pretty. I’d definitely let it go to ground cover! LOL!

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  2. Jan K

    What a great idea to use ground cover instead of grass (which is WAY overrated!!).
    I really notice the days getting shorter. I’m not ready yet, mostly because my vegetables are behind schedule….and I’m hoping to get more before growing season is over!

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  3. edgar62

    I like the sound of this Plumbago ( Plumbago Articulata) and will ask our local garden centre if they have it. Perhaps it will gown here. It would be nice to have flowers. Will also look for Borage.

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      I think it was included in a water dept. ‘garden in a box’ collection I planted last year. I’ll have to check the tag since I honestly don’t remember. From what photos I’ve seen of borage, there could be one in that batch! 😊

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  4. colinandray

    Love your “grass free”garden! We made the same decision 3 years ago for much the same reasons, plus we had an ongoing white grub problem. We love the end result and, contrary to what many people think, it is not “high maintenance”! 🙂

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  5. My Golden Life

    What garden? We don’t have one. Oh well, I can always enjoy yours, Jan K’s, and others’ virtually. No weekend plans as yet. We do have to get a tree service in, though, to remove a tree limb that woke me up when it fell this morning.

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      1. My Golden Life

        It rattled the porch roof enough to knock the ceiling fan/light off its block. Have an electrician coming Tuesday to re-install it. (Right now it’s hanging by its cord, which I’m hoping is strong enough to hold it until Tuesday.)

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