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Lithodora, Grace Ward

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Short Description

A neat ground cover, with tidy rosemary-like leaves, covered with dainty star like, intense true blue flowers.

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Definitely one of the best blue flowers for the spring sun garden. A very showy plant for its size, this low-growing lithodora is a great ground cover and filler in rock gardens. Flowers only half an inch across are an exceptional intense blue. Blooms appear in abundance in spring, and then less frequently through summer. Leaves are reminiscent of rosemary, about an inch long and narrow. Plants thrive in full to part sun, in acidic, well-drained soil.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-10

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

16-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

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Lithodora: Potted Plant Perennial

How to Sow and Plant

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun to part shade with acidic, well-drained soil. A rock garden is ideal.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Cut back to refresh plants after blooming.
  • Divide as needed in spring or fall.
  • Plants benefit from winter protection in zone 5. Mulch after the ground freezes. Remove mulch in spring before new growth appears.

Growing Tips

  • Lithodora is a great spreading plant for rock gardens, beds and borders, as a ground cover.
  • Lithodora blooms profusely in spring, and less frequently through the summer.
  • Plants are evergreen.
Zone
5-10
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
6-10 inches
Spread
16-24 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Lithodora
Life Cycle
Perennial
Lithodora, Grace Ward is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Died within a few days of planting Description says hardy to zone 10, but I planted in zone 10b and I think it was too hot for this plant because it got brown and dried up even though I watered properly. I bought 2 plants to try out, but they both died right away. I don't recommend for zone 10b.
Date published: 2016-06-30
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