I bought my Ceanothus 'Dark Star' last March, when I thought I'd be getting rid of the Sasa palmata and needed something to plant in it's stock tank. Cooler heads prevailed and the bamboo stayed. What to do with the ceanothus? It went in a container, holding for the moment it could eventually go in the ground.
Last year it was stressed from life in a nursery container and didn’t bloom much at all. This year it’s rewarded me with dozens of big plump (and plum) buds for weeks. They were beautiful on their own, if that had been it I would have been happy, but of course the blue flowers are an entire other level of bliss, for me and the bees. Oh and they smell good too, I wasn't expecting that.
Thankfully I've been able to show my appreciation for all this plant has given me by sinking it's roots into the ground. It's got pride of place in the former privet-lands. (please pardon the construction zone aesthetic)
The stats for this ceanothus:
- USDA Zones 7-10
- 4-6ft tall and 6-8 ft wide, eventually
- Heat and drought tolerant
- loves sun but can get by with light shade
My favorite thing about it is the tiny, yet deeply folded leaves. They look great year-round. What's looking great in your garden this week? Please tell us about it!
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