Ceanothus – A Guide to Growing

Shrubs are often used in garden design to add structure or backbone, but if you’re looking to add some evergreen foliage and flowers to this image, then Ceanothus might be the plant for you. Ceanothus is commonly referred to as “California Lilac” and produces masses of blue/purple flowers in late spring/early summer and is a fabulous plant to add to the garden and your plant collection in general.

Ceanothus are easy to grow, hardy plants originally from California, USA. This beautiful shrub grows well in the UK and not surprisingly it is easy to care for with few problems. After purchasing your plants, you should strive to get them to their final planting location as soon as possible. If you cannot plant immediately, make sure to water the plants well, keep the roots moist at all times, and store our plants in a cool and bright place until planting is possible.

A spot in full sun will be greatly enjoyed by your Ceanothus and will thrive if you can afford it. Position your plants in the center or back of borders, or grow as individual specimens. They can be grown in containers as long as they are well fed, kept moist and away from frost pockets or areas prone to frost. A large container is advisable, and you may want to add an annual display at the base of the plant to add seasonal interest.

Ceanothus is undemanding to the soil in which it will happily grow. For best results and display, the soil should have relatively good fertility and good drainage, although the soil should remain moisture-retaining. In preparation for planting, you can incorporate organic matter such as well-rotted garden compost or multi-purpose compost and use a general fertilizer to provide the plants with the nutrients essential for growth. An annual mulch of organic matter will also help improve soil structure and insulate plant roots while keeping weeds at bay.

Caring for your Ceanothus is relatively easy and as long as you prepare the soil and give it plenty of sun it should thrive. After planting the plants well, make sure they develop strong roots and become well established. You should be careful not to let the plants dry out completely as this will increase stress and stunt growth. Prune the plants back slightly after flowering as this will help encourage new growth and improve the overall shape of the plants. You should also prune dead or diseased branches to improve health.

You can easily propagate Ceanothus by taking cuttings in August. Carefully remove semi-mature material. Select only the strongest shoots and discard the lower leaves of the selected material. Place the cuttings in good cutting soil and leave them in a greenhouse or cold frame until they have established roots.

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