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Ceanothus - 'Tilden Park' (Californian Lilac, Ceanothus)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Ceanothus Description

This medium sized Ceanothus is a dense growing evergreen shrub that bears masses of clusters of blue flowers in spring and early summer. Dense dark green foliage is attractive all Year round. Good for wall training. 2m tall by 2m spread. Ideal at the back of the border as a dark foil or for quickish screening.


Ceanothus - Cultivation Notes

Ceanothus will tolerate a wide range of soil types as long as they are well drained. For best results plant in a warm sheltered spot in full sun. Ceanothus is a tough plant that is well suited to hot dry problem spots where it will flourish in the poorest of soils. Ceanothus do not appreciate the cold or shade. Prune lightly to shape in early Spring.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Ceanothus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Scented blossom
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Ceanothus:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Evergreen shrub suitable suitable for training up a wall
  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening

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