One of the oldest and most dazzling of all Ceanothus hybrids, ‘Concha’ premiers a spectacular spring display of deep cobalt blue clustered flowers unfurling from tight pinkish red buds. Gracefully arching branches can withstand light pruning and are clad in lustrous, small dark green textured leaves, which etch an attractive evergreen foil.
Persisting some 15 to 25 years in a well-drained site with little or no irrigation, but amiable to minimal summer water and heavier soils, this adaptable Ceanothus can be employed as a dense hedge, a specimen shrub or for erosion control on slopes. Birds savor its seeds and seek its stately shelter, while Mediterraneans make worthy companions.
Blooms April – May.
Size: 5' 0" – 7' 0" high x 6' 0" – 10' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 7.
Large, finely toothed glossy green foliage bolsters profuse eye-catching panicles of scented, butterfly friendly powder-blue ﬂowers. A prized outcome from a French breeding program, developed by crossing C. americanus and C. coeruleus, this unique long-blooming cultivar forges a handsome, rounded deciduous habit that handles hot humid weather, prefers moderate moisture and well-drained abodes plus resists rabbits and deer. Try planting it as a hedge or a specimen in a mixed border with white Lavender and yellow flowering Phlomis russeliana nearby and you’ll see why it came to be called the ‘Glory of Versailles’.
Blooms June –August
Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
The heritage of this versatile hybrid is uncertain, but her reputation as a flirty, long blooming semi-evergreen is widespread. Amid speculation about an additional cross between x delileanus and the eastern species, Ceanothus ovatus, ‘Marie Simon’ is not adversely affected by summer watering, which is unusual for a Ceanothus.
Try planting her in the mixed border, where she flaunts a decidedly feminine display of fluffy rose-pink panicles and ornamental red seed capsules cushioned by wine-colored stems and long, serrated leaves.
Size: 5' 0" high x 5' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.