Ceanothus

How to grow ceanothus

Find out all you need to know about growing ceanothus, in this practical Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do not Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do Cut back in July

Do Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do not Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

A ceanothus in flower, is a sure sign that summer has arrived. The blue flowers appear in joyful abundance in May and June, on otherwise fairly humble shrubs. These azure clouds give a candy coating not dissimilar to the sprinkles on blue liquorice allsorts. Also known as California lilacs, which tells us their country of origin, these sun-loving shrubs come in a range of sizes to suit most gardens. The evergreen varieties tend to be slightly less hardy, but can be grown as free-standing shrubs or small trees in sheltered gardens. The prostrate forms work well as ground cover. Pollinating insects love the blue flowers as much as we do.

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