Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Hardy
Lithodora are evergreen shrubs or sub-shrubs that form weed-suppressing groundcover. Throughout summer, branches are decorated with neat blue or white flowers that often showcase stunning stripes throughout the centre of each petal, adding to its charm and intrigue. The beautiful contrasting floral display are a great addition to flower beds and borders within courtyard, cottage and informal garden settings. They will also make great container plants. You should expect to see Lithodora grow to an approximate height and spread of 45cm (18”).
Lithodora are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk or loam within an alkaline or neutral PH balance. Select a site within your garden that will accommodate their ultimate height and spread without disrupting companion plants. Dig a hole that is twice as deep and wide as the root ball and position your plant in place, gently covering with soil to settle in place. Space your plants around 8-10cm (3-4”) apart to allow adequate space for growth between your companion plants. Water thoroughly and deeply to ensure that your shrubs are settled in place to ensure healthy growth and development.
As young plants, you should water Lithodora once a week, just enough to soak the soil, taking care not to over water them. You should need to prune your plants during the late summer by trimming any new shoots down, taking off around 50% of existing growth as this will encourage healthier progress for the following season.
It is possible to propagate Lithodora by removing rooted suckers during spring.
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