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I always lose them eventually, except one. It's a deciduous one called "Gloire de Versailles". It looked dead last year after we'd had snow and -17° so OH cut it down in the spring and lo and behold it grew again all bushily from the bottom!
Forgot to say - mine is in front of a south facing wall.
My next door neighbour has one in her back garden thats been there for over 10 uears, last year it was cut back by almost half because it was huge. A further 10 were planted on the front garden border between her and me, they are growing like mad they need cutting back and shapint this spring. Not sure if its a difference in climate or soil, we live in Surrey.
I live on North Northumberland coast.Have an evergreen Ceanothus about 11 years old,10 feet high & 20 feet wide.It catches the strong North East winds here,but apart from lightly pruning after flowering in June and chucking some general fertiliser around the base in Spring it gives me a fantastic display every year.It sits adjacent to a hawthorn hedge so does have a little protection.Our soil is solid blue clay.
As discodave mentioned,thery grow like wildfire and do need some shaping to keep them under control.Will take some photos when in bloom.
I thought they were really tough plants? Shows how much I know...
Mine completely browned off last winter. I cut it right back to stumps and it's oK so far this winter but it's lost the lovely shape it was, just a blob now
It might be a good plan to strike some cuttings on a regular basis in case of loss. I find the old 7" pot and compost covered by a plastic bag works quite well and they will grow on quite happily on the window ledge. Most hardy shrubs will survive even harsh Winter weather under a couple of layers of horticultural fleece or in a frost free greenhouse (or both). I am trying this with an Edgworthia (delivered about a month ago) but whether this will work remains to be seen in the Spring. It's from the Himalayas so can stand the cold but not the damp and cold like most shrubs as this forms ice on the leaves. Hope you have better luch this year!