Position: full sun
Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: May to June
Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
In May and June, this low-growing, evergreen shrub is smothered in fluffy, powder-blue flowers. It is easy to grow and care for, and forms a natural mound, so looks best towards the front of a mixed border with a backdrop of larger shrubs.
Garden care: Pruning Advice for Ceanothus thyrsiflorus: Ceanothus requires no special pruning; only occasional maintenance is needed to remove any growth that has been damaged over winter.
Each year after the plant has flowered, take out any dead, diseased or damaged shoots. Apply a 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn.
Aftercare Advice for Ceanothus: Keep plants well-watered while they establish, especially if planted up in a pot. Hardy to -10°C, protect from cold winds as it is these that tend to cause the most damage to young plants.