This adaptable genus can be grown as a shrub or a small tree and there are both evergreen and deciduous species and cultivars to choose from.
HTA’s David Gilchrist said: "Ceanothus are a very popular plant grown especially for their bright blue flowers, although there are other flower colours available in pink and white."
Many are hardy in the U.K. but in some locations will need shelter, especially in areas that are known to be frost pockets or where the garden is exposed. Ceanothus are often referred to as Californian lilacs because the flowers of some of the cultivars are similar to lilac (Syringa) and they originate from parts of California where there is lots of bright light and heat.
Nominated and agreed by British growers and retailers, the HTA’s Plant of the Month campaign highlights plants that are widely available and looking especially good in garden centres each month.
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