<i>Ceanothus</i> ‘Concha’

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.

<i>Ceanothus</i> x <i>delileanus</i> ‘Gloire de Versailles’ <i>Ceanothus</i> x <i>delileanus</i> ‘Gloire de Versailles’

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.

<i>Ceanothus</i> x <i>pallidus</i> ‘Marie Simon’

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.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 5' 0" high x 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Amazing Achilleas, Invigorate your summer plantings!

Amazing Achilleas…. These sturdy, dependable perennials produce small indivdual blooms that populate broad, flat flower heads, lending welcome horizontal elements to any garden bed. Ideal for bouquets, fresh or dried, the long-lasting blossoms range in color from alabaster to soft yellow and gold, as well as terracotta, pink and sassy red. Cut back their flowers in midsummer and enjoy a fall encore! Spicy scented, attractive fern-like green or gray-tinged foliage cloaks their strong straight stems. Slowly spreading and somewhat drought tolerant, Yarrow seem to thrive on neglect. They can handle low soil fertility plus coastal wind and salt spray. Be sure to check out our diverse on-line Achillea selections!

Invigorate your summer plantings.… A few simple maintenance techniques will help plants appear fresh throughout the upcoming dog days of summer. The addition of a chipped bark mulch or well-rotted compost, applied as a top-dressing, not only reduces water requirements, but generally makes it easier for plants to maintain perky looking leaves and vigorous habits. A July or early August trimming of long-blooming perennials, such as Nepetas and most Geraniums ensures myriad flowers that will keep on coming ‘til the first frost. Featured in this newsletter, you’ll find the fabulous plants that caught my eye as Boobah and I took our morning walk through the nursery and adjacent display borders this past week. Hopefully, you’ll have room to ensconce several of them in a well-traveled spot. Happy Digging!

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