I don't usually do that. I rarely buy on a whim. I research what I want for a particular spot, and shop around to find exactly the cultivar and size I want.
I don't succumb to buying perennials already in flower, which means they have been forced too early, overfed, and are already past prime. I'm just not a see-it-and-want-it shopper. But.
This was a total impulse buy . . . and I got two of them. Non-hardy in my zone, not even close, plumbago is a zone 8 plant. Tropical. Cape Leadworts from South Africa.
I do not know why they ended up in my cart, and I didn't know what to do with them when I got them home.
They turned out to be stars in my garden.
They literally bloomed all summer and right into fall, with phlox-like blooms all over in a clear sky blue color. They quickly overtook the flimsy bamboo teepees. They just went on and on gracing my garden and even trying to arch together to make a framed entry into the yard.
They worked out so well as a spontaneous addition to the garden, and I really want them again.
I invested in real pyramids for them to climb on this year. I love these twig tuteurs even without any plants on them.
And I overwintered the plumbagos in pots all winter in a 40 degree garage. I cut them to the ground last fall, dug them up, put them in pots in the garage. I watered them occasionally, just to keep them from completely drying out for too long. I waited all winter.
Now, in April, I should be seeing some sprouts, right? A few basal green leaves at the woody crown? Nothing yet.
When it was a whim, an unplanned addition to the garden, they grew with abandon. Now that I desperately want towers of blue plumbago flowers, I can't get them to come back.
I'll have to do my usual --- research where to find Plumbago auriculata, go to some lengths to buy new plants, and put them in with intent, with a design and effect in mind. No sticking an impulse buy in the ground this time, and being so pleasantly surprised.
Isn't that always the way?