Plant Patent #20,289. At last, a new look for Periwinkle! '24 Karat' is an absolutely stunning new cultivar with leaves that open bright yellow-gold and keep their color for weeks. They continue to open throughout the growing season, so there is a lovely play of yellow and green on this easy-to-grow groundcover.
Evergreen and content either in full shade or partial shade, '24 Karat' sets masses of pale blue blooms in late spring and early summer, adding another color to the brilliant display. It is a densely set, compact plant that spreads (or trails) 12 to 15 inches wide but reaches only about 3½ inches high. Ideal in the front of the border, edging pathways, or accenting containers, it is a versatile and very robust performer.
Almost any green- or blue-leaved plant looks superb beside '24 Karat.' Use it in front of Digitalis, Penstemon, and Phlox, among many others. It makes a great foreground planting to ornamental grasses as well.
'24 Karat' was introduced by Itsaul Plants of Georgia, so you know the breeding is superb. You will find it very easy to grow, tolerant of heat, humidity, and cold, untroubled by most pests and diseases, and long-lasting. Cut it back in late winter to make way for fresh growth, or leave it alone and let the shining gold leaves emerge above the older growth. Foolproof and always lovely, it's a must-have. Zones 4-9.