Singing the blues
If you’ve got a sunny space to fill in your garden, then this traditional crowd-pleaser could be just what you’re looking for this summer.
Ceanothus (Californian lilac) is an impressive summer-flowering shrub. It has fluffy clouds of bright-blue flowers offset by dark, shiny, green leaves.
- It prefers a south-facing site that’s sheltered from the wind particularly cold winter winds.
- The best spot for ceanothus is by a garden or house wall where it can be afforded some protection from nasty winter weather.
- It likes a well-drained soil – wet, cold roots will cause its demise especially in harsh winters.
- If needed add some horticultural grit in the hole you have dug when planting your ceanothus to help with drainage.
- Prune deciduous varieties in early to mid-spring.
Varieties to look out for:
‘Cascade’ – perfect for informal, country gardens. It is a fast-growing variety that cascades down walls.
‘Puget Blue’ – perfect for smaller gardens, it blooms for weeks on end and is also happy in clay soils.
‘Concha’ – this has a Royal Horticultural Award of Garden Merit and its buds have a tinge of red to them in the spring. It is a good-looking specimen shrub that is hardier than other varieties so can survive in cooler areas in more exposed positions.