Purple-blue flowers of Ceanothus
The name Ceanothus for this plant is of Greek origin: ceanothos means as much as "dünne" or "lean" plant. How the Greeks could have chosen this name for the genus of American lilac is incomprehensible.
It is a garden plant with a compact habit and dark green, slightly serrated leaves. The lilac produces a variety of blue-purple flowers that appear from May to July. This American lilac is an evergreen, small shrub. The final height of this garden plant is about one metre. However, due to its slow growth, the lilac remains lower in most places.
What is the best location for a lilac?
The ceanothus is a sun lover that prefers a sheltered spot. In severe frost, the Ceanothus must be protected, as its flowers are sensitive to frost. In the spring, you should cut the celandine back to about half its size. The one-year-old wood also produces the most and largest flowers, so that pruning is advisable. Frozen stems can also be removed. Ceanothus does not make great demands on the soil in which it is planted; normal, well-drained garden soil is quite sufficient.
A beautiful bed with Ceanothus
Ceanothus can be combined well with low-growing plants. This makes the celandine stand out more. The choice of plants with which the American lilac can be combined is numerous. For example, the Alchimella mollis, because the yellow colour of the women's mantle combines perfectly with the blue flowers of the Ceanothus. For those who like a colourful planting, this is a perfect combination. For a blue flower bed, you can also combine the creeping flower with Lavandula angustifolia. The lavender remains quite low, which makes the calyx stand out. There are numerous possibilities with the Ceanothus. A nice but important additional effect is that the ceanothus attracts a lot of bees in flowering season.