Shrub, 5ft tall, three across. Small blue/purple flowers

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  1. SmilingCarcass

    SmilingCarcass New Seed

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    Does anybody know what this plant is? It flowers throughout the summer. I cut it back to ground level each year,
    and it grows back every time. I don't know where it came from, but it looks nice so I leave it, appart from autumn pruning.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    cajunbelle Daylily Diva

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    Welcome to Garden Stew SC, I'm sorry but your plant is not familiar to me. I hope someone can ID it for you. We do like pics, so maybe you can post more of your garden.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Hi there Paul,

    I can answer your question for you as I have a CEANOTHUS in my garden too!!! :-D They are one of my favourite shrubs.
     
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    SmilingCarcass New Seed

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    Re- ceanothus

    Thanks, Eileen. I have a ceanothus in my back garden, and I don't think this is one, though it could be a different type I suppose. Looking at the picture (it isn't very good. I only have a cheap camera and aren't able to take close up pics with it) I can see what you mean, though. The leaves are not as fleshy as a ceanothus and are narrower, more spear shaped. I've posted a close up of a cutting off it, though it isn't very good. You can find it here.
     



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    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    I'm sorry I don't know either. But, stay around and someone will come up with it. We are pretty good at it. Welcome to our place. Dooley
     
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    glendann Official Garden Angel

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    I really like it what ever it is .
    Welcome to the Stew SmilingCarcass.
    Glad to have you aboard .
     
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    SmilingCarcass New Seed

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    Thanks for taking a look and the welcomes, folks.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Mmmmm I see what you mean Paul. :-? Now that I see the cutting I'm sure it's NOT a ceanothus after all. I'll try to find out what it is for you though and get back to you ASAP.
     
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    Thanks very much, Eileen. It's been returning for a couple of years and I am now intrigued and would like to know what it is. Lots of people say they like it, and it would be nice to be able to say what it is when they ask!
     
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    Thanks, Eileen. It almost certainly is. I've 'googled' 'Plumbago' and the leaves and flowers look very similar. I have winter flowering Jasmine, and the leaves are almost exactly the same. This has tipped the balance and I am going to go with it, unless I receive information to the contrary. Thanks again to everyone, especially Eileen
     
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    Plumbago

    I have two Plumbagos in pots which did not flower this year. They were pruned in the spring but perhaps not enough. Can anyone advise me on how to make them flower next year?
     
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    Plumbago

    Thanks for your welcome, Eileen. The sites you recommended proved very useful - I think I either wasn't pruning hard enough and/or left it too late. I look forward to getting it right next year. Thanks again.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Glad I could be of help Ed. :-D
     

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