Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens
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- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
In May and June, this low-growing, evergreen shrub is smothered in fluffy, powder-blue flowers. It is easy to grow and care for, and forms a natural mound, so looks best towards the front of a mixed border with a backdrop of larger shrubs.
- Garden care: Each year after the plant has flowered, take out any dead, diseased or damaged shoots. Apply a 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn.
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Usual Crocus high quality. Needed low growing, spreading and decorative shrub to fill bare corner in hospital garden. Attractive all year round.
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Q:i bought this lovely shrubb last year and it suvived the winter but now all the leaves are dropping off and it was about to flower but now it looks like its going to die on me, what can i do?Asked on 5/5/2015 by kikidee from westbourne/ emsworth/hampshire
This could well be caused by the unusually dry spring we have had. I would give it a really good soak at regular intervals and it should start to pick up.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
I have this gorgeous plant growing over a small wall by my water feature, but it is rather taking over and I would like to move it to my front border. Will they handle moving ok, and I guess the best time to do it is in the autumn? Should I reduce the size of the plant down a little bit first if I can move it?
Thanks for your help,
LizAsked on 29/9/2014 by Losttheplot from United Kingdom
The sucess of this project will really depend on how long the Ceanothus has been growing there. If it is more than a couple of years, then it might be worth replacing it altogether as they tend to be rather short-lived (6 - 10 years or so). If you do want to tackle it, then autumn is the ideal time. Try to get as much of the rootball as possible, re-home it immediately and make sure it is kept well watered for the following year.Answered on 1/10/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:What shrubs can you recommend to grow in large pots in a sunny position?Asked on 9/8/2014 by Rosebud from Northamptonshire
There are quite a few plants that you could grow. I have attached a few ideas below.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 14/8/2014 by Anonymous
Q:I have a long slim (30m x 1.5m) border against the side of my house and by the road which is a country lane.
I want to plant this with some evergreen shrubs to ensure year round interest, such as Ceanothus thyrsiflorusvar.repens, Hebe's and Euonymus (and maybe some others).
Also with perenials such as pink and blue geraniums and ladys mantle, vincas and loads of bulbs for colour through out the year,snowdrops, daffs, tulips, crocus, alliums.
As I am in the middle of the countryside, I need to plant densely to give it a fighting chance against the weeds.
However I am uncertain how many of everything I will need, in particular the shrubs.
Can you advise?
ThanksAsked on 31/7/2014 by plantpotty from Caernarfon
Once you have your shortlist of plants you could draw the border out on grid paper allowing one square for 50cm or so. Then look at the eventual spreads of all the plants (we have this information on our site) and plot these out on the grid. I would certainly allow for overlap, but how much is up to you. As a very general rule, I would suggest up to 30%, but you can go even more if you are prepared to take things out as they grow.Answered on 1/8/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on leaves? Also shrubs for sunny border please
Hello Crocus Can you tell me why my Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on its leave - and how to treat it please! Many thanks LindaAsked on 7/4/2010 by Linda Binfield
A:Hello Linda, The most likely cause of these black spots is Fungal Leaf Spot. This can be caused by a number of things, but is usually a result of the plant being stressed in some way. It may be that it was slightly too cold in winter, or if it is in a pot it may need to be moved to a larger one, or planted out into the ground. Keep an eye on the watering and try to improve the general growing conditions and you should start to see new growth. If the black spots are really unsightly, you should pick off the affected leaves (being careful not to defoliate it completely) and give it a feed with a general purpose fertiliser like Growmore. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2010 by Linda Binfield
A:I'll try that Helen - thank you. Also I have a lovely Crocus voucher to spend! I have just cleared an old sunny border in front of an ornamental wall. I have kept a large Hydrangea at the end of the border but would like a couple of shrubs to put alongside to give some winter colour. Do you have any suggestions that would complement the Hydrangea? Thank you for your prompt reply. LindaAnswered on 7/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again Linda, Viburnum tinus 'French White' is an evergreen shrub that flowers in late winter and spring, so you could get too seasons of interest - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-french-white/classid.4484/ Mahonias will flower in winter too http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.mahonia/ while Daphne odora Aureomarginata is pretty early in the spring http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/daphne-odora-aureomarginata/classid.3751/ For shrubs that flower throughout the summer, then here are some of my favourites:- Ceanothus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.ceanothus/ Lavender http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/ Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Ceonothus 'caught' by cold weather....
Hi, I wonder if you could help me! I have a large, established low-growing Ceanothus that has never had a problem with the cold weather before, but this year's snow has caused most of the usually evergreen foliage to turn brown and take a turn for the worse. There is still some foliage towards the bottom of the plant that's still green. Do I leave it be, trim it back or has it died? Many thanks, GarethAsked on 26/2/2010 by Anonymous
A:Hello Gareth, Ceanothus are not fully hardy, and they are quite short-lived too, so they usually only last around 6 - 8 years. Therefore I suspect that the combination of old age and freezing temps have taken their toll and it is time to replace it. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 26/2/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Which Ceanothus - Puget Blue,Concha or Autumnal Blue?
Hello, I would like to plant 5 Ceanothus along the edge of my patio in large concrete rings. I was hoping that the Ceanothus would quickly grow to form a cascading effect between the concrete rings, can you advise me which variety would be best and what soil to fill the tubs with, thank you, sincerely, PaulaAsked on 4/7/2009 by Paula O'Dwyer
A:Hello Paula, All of the Ceanothus you have listed are upright and shrubby, so if you want to create a cascading look then the best option would be Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens, which will tumble over the edges of the rings.Answered on 8/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Rabbit proof shrubs
Dear Sirs We are planning to plant a 30mt long border with flowering shrubs and have assorted colours of Rhododendrons in mind. Our main concern is that the shrubs must be rabbit proof as the border is adjacent to woods and a large grassed area. Also, where possible we would like to have 'flowers' on the shrubs throughout the summer. Would you be able to provide a picking list of suitable shrubs? Thank you for your prompt attention AndyAsked on 15/6/2009 by Clark, Andy (buying)
A:Hello there, These are really troublesome pests, and there are no effective deterrents available (apart from getting a guard dog) which will be any help to you. They tend to prefer leaves and soft stems rather than flowers and woody stems, and they seem to prefer feeding in exposed positions and often nibble plants at the edge of borders. This habit can be used to the gardener's advantage by planting more valuable subjects in the centre of beds. In winter, when food is scarce, deciduous plants at the edge of beds will not interest rabbits, and will help protect winter flowers in the centre. Below is a list of flowering shrubs which they usually tend to leave alone. Buddleia davidii, Ceanothus Cistus Cotoneaster dammeri Deutzia Hebe Hypericum Hydrangea Mahonia aquifolium Potentilla fructicosa Rhododendron spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I plant on my slope?
I have a fairly steep bank of clay soil, which is in full sun most of the day. What do you think would grow well and provided easy maintenance. I would welcome any opinions you have.Asked on 2/9/2005 by Loolsajo@aol.com
A:Below is a list of plants that should grow well on a sunny slope. Before planting dig in loads of well-composted manure to help improve the soil. It is back-breaking work, but well worth it in the long run. SHRUBS Cotoneaster dammeri http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1021&CategoryID= Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3935&CategoryID= Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/ceanothus-thyrsiflorus-var.-repens/classid.727/ Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=840&CategoryID= PERENNIALS Alchemilla mollis http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=233&CategoryID= Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2839&CategoryID= Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/origanum-laevigatum-herrenhausen/classid.3280/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/geranium-macrorrhizum-white-ness/classid.2000015973/Answered on 5/9/2005 by Crocus
Q:What is wrong with my Ceanothus?
I moved to a new house last August and was pleased to see a good sized Ceanothus shrub in the garden as I love these. However this year after flowering it looks almost dead. All the leaves have dried completely and when I break the small branches they appear to have no moisture left in them. All the surrounding plants are fine. Do you think it will revive if I prune it?Asked on 31/7/2005 by claire hartley
A:Ceanothus are not particularly long-lived plants so it may simply have just come to the end of its life - or it could have dried out too much this summer. I wouldn't recommend pruning it to try and revive it as most Ceanothus don't respond well to hard pruning, so if it looks really bad, then the best thing to do would be to dig it up and replace it with another.Answered on 1/8/2005 by Crocus
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