Lithodora diffusa 'HEAVENLY BLUE'

Lithodora diffusa
Lithodora diffusa 'HEAVENLY BLUE'
lithodora
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.2-0.2m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.6m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:sky blue a indigo blue
BLOOMING TIME May - August
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Lithodora is a low, ground-covering perennial which remains evergreen in mild winters of zones 5 and 6, and fully evergreen in zone 7. Its prostrate, spreading branches lie on the ground and overlap edges of elevated beds, patios, and pots.

Heavenly Blue is a perfect name for this lithodora which produces a plenty of small, sky blue flowers from late April until early June, and sporadically throughout the summer. Leaves are thick, deep green, and the plant forms a neat cushion with partly erect twigs in the centre.

This lithodora does best in acid soil unlike other varieties. It needs well-drained soil and full sun. It will look great in a rockery as well as an edging plant of a perennial border. We mix it with low, compact shrubs in borders mulched with pebbles. It can take windy locations that tend to dry out in summer – its thick leaves absorb enough water that the plant can use during dry spells of summer. Hardiness varies with soil conditions but usually lies between -25°and -27°C (USDA zone 5b-6).

Last update 29-04-2014; 20-30-2017
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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