California Lilac - Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Victoria'
Ceanothus is a wonderful shrub for the summer garden. As the name eludes, ceanothus is native to California and the Pacific Coast, however, it is not a true lilac.
Named for Victoria on Vancouver Island, this variety is the hardiest of the ceanothus family and in my mind, the prettiest. In early June buds are ready to burst into a nearly true blue haze of blooms backed up by deep, deep green glossy small leaves.
Ceanothus is fast growing, evergreen, deer resistant and drought tolerant so it is a welcome addition to many gardens. It can be added to the garden as a single shrub or it can be used as a hedge either formally clipped or left natural for a loose cottage garden look. Ceanothus grow quickly to 6 or 7 foot tall and wide so give yours plenty of space. After blooming they can be sheared by one third to keep the overall size smaller.
Plant in full to part sun with bonemeal, peat moss and manure. Water well especially in dry hot locations for the first couple of seasons but once established only occasional watering during really dry periods will be necessary. So easy and so beautiful, I just know you are going to love ceanothus!
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