I thought you’d rather see a Cape Plumbago (plumbago auriculata) growing in Italy – much more inspiring than my garden. This is growing like crazy for me in heavy clay soil with very little water. I’m growing mine as a shrub and it’s about 6 feet tall and wide, but you can grow it as a vine or let it elegantly cascade over the edge of your terrace in the Italian Riviera. This is a vigorous, healthy plant with sky blue flowers for months on end, sprawling all over the place in the most gorgeous way, that can take a little shade. It doesn’t drop leaves, get diseases or pests, need fertilizer… Cut it back a bit in late winter or, if you are lazy like me, just clean out some dead stuff now and then when it really starts to show.