Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:43
Hi - when we moved into our house 12 yrs ago there was a Ceanothus growing in the garden. It was about 3 metres accross and 2.5 metres high but was very overgrown and hadn't been pruned or looked after very well.
Every year there was an abundance of the loveliest purply/blue flowers and it swarmed with the tiniest of baby bumble bees. The only problem being that it only flowered for a few weeks which is a shame.
The reason I am commenting on your post is that my garden is 3 sided and the Ceanothus was in the most open, windiest side right in the middle of the lawn and it came back year after year for another 11 years so I think it will be ideal for you if you kept it under control.
As it happens I have just been to our local morrisons this morning and happen to have rescued a ceanothus in a 9cm pot so it is quite tiny. I have had to cut a few stems off it but I'm hoping it comes back really healthy so I can again have this in my garden - if only for the abundance of bees that love it so much
Good lluck and it would be great to see some pictures