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  • Californian lilac
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m

Ceanothus 'Silver Surprise' (PBR)

Californian lilac

3 litre pot £19.99
3 litre pot £19.99
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    Despite its name, this beautiful new Ceanothus is more upright and bushy than 'horizontal'. Its foliage is a rich green, but randomly patterned with creamy yellow markings, that really gives it an eye-catching appeal throughout the year. Then, in late spring and early summer, the clusters of small, purple-blue flowers appear - often in abundance. It prefers a sheltered, sunny position with protection from hard frosts, and if trained onto support, it will make an eye-catching wall shrub.

  • Garden care: 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.