Californian Lilac Italian Skies Californian Lilac Italian Skies
Californian Lilac Italian Skies
Californian Lilac Italian Skies

Californian Lilac 'Italian Skies'

Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
  • A beautiful, spreading evergreen shrub that can be trained onto a trellis.
  • Californian Lilac looks fabulous in front of walls and fences.
  • Gorgeous clusters of deep-blue flowers blooming in late spring.
  • Glossy, green foliage provides a fabulous background to the frothy flowers.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready to plant.
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Product Description

Ceanothus, or more commonly known as the Californian Lilac, is a beautiful and easy-to-grow, spreading evergreen shrub that will make a perfect focal point in any garden. Perfect in front of walls and fences, it can be trained onto a trellis making it perfect for growing in a pot if you have limited space.

In late spring, it forms amazing deep-blue clusters of flowers that stand out against the glossy green foliage. 'Italian Skies' will benefit from more sheltered areas in your garden, and it will thrive in a sunny, well-drained position. It is also a favourite with butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife into your garden, this Ceanothus is one for you.

 Extremely low maintenance, all it needs is a trim after flowering and again in late summer to keep it in shape.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready to plant.

What Is Supplied

Item 511171 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready to plant.

Plant Information

Top Tips

Trim to shape as necessary after flowering and again in later summer.

Care Guide

Planting Advice for your Ceanothus

  • Grow Ceanothus in a sunny, sheltered site in fertile, well-drained soil.  Protect from frost and winds.
  • Dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill once the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots. Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot and refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
    Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.
  • If you're planting into pots, place some old rocks, stones or gravel in the bottom of the pot for drainage and ballast.
  • Use the best compost you can buy and some sand or grit for drainage.

Aftercare Advice for Ceanothus

  • Keep plants well-watered while they establish, especially if planted up in a pot.
  • Hardy to -10C, protect from cold winds as it is these that tend to cause the most damage to young plants.

Pruning Advice for Ceanothus

  • Ceanothus requires no special pruning; only occasional maintenance is needed to remove any growth that has been damaged over winter.
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Californian Lilac 'Italian Skies'
Californian Lilac 'Italian Skies'
9cm Pot
Item: 511171
Only £9.99
Currently Unavailable