Plumbago is a fast-growing shrub that can be used as a hedge. It can grow from 1m to 3m high. Plumbago’s foliage becomes compact when pruned, making it ideal for creating tall to medium-sized hedges. Plumbago has been used for years as a hedge plant in temperate and warm temperate garden. Plumbago is a common choice for mixed and cottage gardens in suburban and rural areas.
Plumbago comes in a variety of varieties that can be purchased at garden centres and plant nurseries. There are three types of Plumbago flowering varieties: blue, white and dark blue. In warmer climates, the flowering season is most common. With the plant covered in masses of flowers, the Flowering can be very attractive. A very popular variety is the “Royal Cape”, which has dark blue flowers.
Plumbago hedge is fast growing, but it can be difficult to maintain a neat appearance. Some gardeners prefer to let the leaves grow longer and to prune only once or twice per year.
Plumbago can be a very lush-looking hedge if it is well grown. Once established, Plumbago is very hardy and water-wise. The best climates to grow Plumbago are those that are warm, temperate, and mediterranean. Avoid areas that receive heavy frosts, as they can cause the plant to drop its leaves. Plumbago can grow in almost all soils. However, heavy clay soils will slow down growth. Good drainage is essential. Full sun is the best position for a garden. Avoid shaded areas as they will reduce leaf coverage.
Plumbago hedges can be cared for by planting them in well-drained soil. Organic planting mixes are also recommended. Slow release fertilizer is recommended. For the first few months, water the plants regularly. Plumbago can withstand drought, so it will usually grow well on only natural rain. It takes a while for plants to settle in, but then they are ready to go. As the roots develop, growth increases exponentially. Pruning is possible in both warm and cold regions. However, it is better to do it in spring or fall in areas that have more severe winters.
Plumbago is not often a pest problem. If you want Plumbago’s growth to be rapid, fertilize once or twice per year. This plant can be significantly faster if fertilized. Plumbago is a great screen plant.
However, it can also grow quite large and bushy.
Plumbago plants can live for many years and are more likely to survive if they are kept well-pruned.