What can I say about plumbago? It is such a delicious colour, a pale powdery blue. A dear friend of mine gave me one for my birthday, that was the first week of June and it has not been out of flower since. 

I keep it on my terrace in Toronto, as I am not in the country enough to be able to water it on a regular basis. I was a bit worried I would not have enough light to keep it in flower, the terrace only gets morning sun, but look at it!

It can grow to be  quite a large shrub, if you live somewhere there is no frost, I will have to bring it inside for the winter.  It flowers on new wood, so I can cut it back quite heavily to keep it in shape.

When I was researching the Plumbago, I was looking for a common name for the plant. I have always known it as Plumbago auriculata, but there are quite a few common names, however the one that I felt described it the best was Skyflower. It does look like a little bit of sky fell down and landed.


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  1. 1

    gardeningasylum said,

    We can never have enough blue, and that container makes it perfect!

  2. 3

    Edith Hope said,

    Dearest D, Plumbago does make a wonderful container plant. As you say, the blue is perfectly heavenly.

  3. 5

    Marguerite said,

    While the plant is quite lovely I’m particularly infatuated with the hardscaping and the container!

    • 6

      Thanks Marguerite. The hardscaping I didn’t have too much to do with, the wall was already there, although we did put up the mirror. The container was from the garbage room at the condo, can you believe someone threw it away?

  4. 7

    A really pretty blue plant. I love true blue and it is always a hard color to get for a garden. I will keep an eye out for it, I am glad you posted this plant. I have Duranta erecta on a standard that I got this year. It has pretty blue raceme flowers, but like your Plumbago, must go in for the winter, but then again, so do my rose standards. Heeling them in is not possible here. It is a pain, but the next spring, I am always glad I went through the trouble.

    • 8

      I am surprised that your rose standards are not hardy over the winter. In Canada, we always think of Niagara Falls as the ‘banana belt’, one of the warmest in Ontario. What a difference the river makes.

  5. 9

    Plumbago is familiar to me. I have mine in part shade and it does very well, too. I love the container stand!

  6. 11

    Hey D,

    Plumbago is the most perfect blue and is one of my favorites. I love it and your fabulous plant stand. You have fabulous taste darling, fabulous!!


  7. 13

    thevioletfern said,

    Oh, I agree with sky flower. Very beautiful and I love your planter. I don’t think I could keep it happy over the winter. I will have to settle for less than perfect blue. This cannot be beat.

  8. 15

    Rosie said,

    Its the perfect name for a perfect sky blue. It looks lovely against that mirror on your terrace………….. maybe I should fall in love with plumbago again!

  9. 17

    Barbara H. said,

    Love the plant but really, really love the container – both together, with the mirror, make a little spot of heaven.

  10. 19

    I used to hate this plant. My neighbor had one that kept scurrying under the fence and getting all tangled up in my butterfly bushes. Having said that though, it is a lovely plant, and here at least, when it’s hot, and dry in mid-late summer, it blooms when many other plants can’t take the heat. I bumped into a lovely dwarf variety of Plumbago at the garden center last weekend (cultivar name escapes me at the moment), but it was a much richer, more vivid, blue. I actually preferred the color of the dwarf, but that’s only because I was forced to wear too much powder blue as part of my school uniform as a child…that color gives me a bit of a nervous tick 😀

  11. 22

    Laurrie said,

    I love your last comment, that a little bit of sky fell down and landed on your terrace! Such a pretty plant with such a funny sounding name.

  12. 24

    teza said,

    You have a way of bringing plants to my attention that I am not familiar with – we are like two peas in a pod are we not??? I know Ceratostigma plumbaginoides and more recenly C. wilmottianum, but have never stumbled upon this heavenly specimen as of yet…… and you are so corrent in saying that the sky fell down and landed. Is it readily available in commerce?

  13. 26

    barry said,

    Hi Deborah,

    Time and again we gardeners complain about the difficulty of finding good blue flowering plants, and yet there seems to be no shortage excellent examples are shown in our posts.
    Perhaps we should start a regular “Blue Monday” to show off some of our favourite blues?

  14. 28

    Jean said,

    That is a very happy — and very lovely — plant. How nice that you can bring it inside for the winter and have that sky blue on the terrace again next year.

    p.s. I like the “Blue Monday” idea.

  15. 30

    Jen said,

    My absolute all time considerably the most beautiful shade of periwinkle in the world color.

    Love your plant, it is soooo gorgeous.


  16. 32

    Lynne said,

    The colour is beautiful indeed. You see plumbago here in New Zealand as often as you see oleander. I can tell you that they grow into large bushes here even with quite hard frosts. I don’t know how they handle snow as the part of NZ that I live in doesn’t get snow at all. I had one at the last place I lived and I had to prune it hard each spring or it would get very leggy.

    Sometimes I think it would be nice to live somewhere that had a hard winter so that the garden virtually completely rejuvenated itself each spring. With a snow-free climate, sadly some rather beautiful plants and shrubs can easily lose their appeal because they outgrow their nice compact growth habit so quickly and turn into labour-intensive monsters requiring constant pruning etc.

    • 33

      It is interesting to look at it from a different perspective Lynne. I must say, even though I find the winter can be long, I enjoy that break from gardening. It gives the plants a rest as well.

  17. 34

    Melissa said,

    This looks like the annual pllumbago that we use in summer containers here – the only other plumbago I know is the one Teza mentioned, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. Thanks for sharing the photos with us – I enjoy seeing a little of your townhouse in addition to Kilbourne Grove!

  18. 36

    I’m so glad you love our South African plants too. When we saw them growing wild in Addo Elephant Park they grow up, to truly HUGE. It is called plumbago because it was once thought to be a cure for lead poisoning, so they called it leadwort. But I much prefer skyflower, this plant is all about that colour.

  19. 38

    So beautiful! I am not at all familiar with this plant. What a gorgeous addition to your city property. 🙂

  20. 40

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