Ceanothus are woody plants that are used for ground covers and screening shrubs in the garden. They are all native to North America and the majority are native to California. Most of them have different shades of blue flowers.
Carmel Creeper (Ceanothus griseus horizontalis) Up to 3′ tall and 15′ wide, fast growing

Ceanothus ‘Centennial’ Up to 2′ tall, 10′ wide
Ceanothus hearstiorum Very flat to 8″ tall.

Point Reyes Ceanothus (Ceanothus glorious) Up to 2′ tall

Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’ up to 7-8′ tall and wide. Beautiful deep blue.

Ceanothus ‘Joyce Coulter’ Up to 6′ tall and 10′ wide
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ grows up to 20′ high.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Skylark’ Up to 5′ tall
Buck Brush (Ceanothus cuneatus). White, very smelly flowers native to the area around Dawn Gardens.

Ceanothus pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ light pink flowers

Note: Some of you may have been looking forward to posts from English gardens starting May 23, 2023 but unfortunately that is not going to happen. Due to health problems, I had to cancel my 6 week English Garden tour. I will be working in Dawn Gardens and going on shorter, less physically demanding garden tours in California and Oregon. I still have a free voucher for a flight from Sacramento to London that will last a year. So I hope I will be able to travel next year.

Barry Friesen

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Joplin says:

    Barry so sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. I was going to let you know that Benjamin and Jeanna are stationed in England. They love it there!!! Maybe they will still be there next year.

    1. Lisa,

      I am enjoying Nicholas’s trips around the world since I probably won’t be able to do it any more. The Doctor says I have congestive heart failure.


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