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Ceanothus delileanus Gloire De Versailles


California Lilac

Produces a mound of bright blue flowers in mid summer

This ornamental gem of a plant creates stunning cylindrical clusters of powder-blue florets which against its tiny dark green leaves are so striking as to make you see immediately why they are named the 'Glory of Versailles'. Drought tolerant and low maintenance, these climbers are truly a treat for your garden.


Grow in a sheltered, well-drained, sunny spot against a South or East-facing wall. Water occasionally and leave space to expand.


Looks magnificent in side borders, courtyard gardens and on trellises and fences. Train against pillars or garden features for added flair.

The name of the plant is derived from the Greek word for bluish - Cean - Cyan.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Garden edging, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From March to September