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Ceanothus Italian Skies


California Lilac

Bright blue flowers produced in late spring

A valuable long term investment for your garden, the Ceanothus Italian Skies is a year-round garden jewel that gives you compact conical clusters of dazzling blue flowers which bloom in late spring .


Plant in a sunny site against south-facing walls that shield it from the wind. The plant likes to bask in well-drained, fertile soil with wide space to spread.


Grow against walls and train on fences and trellises. It looks stunning as part of a wall-side border, shrub border or in sheltered courtyards.

The birds and butterflies flock to the Ceanothus Italian Skies, the well-deserved recipient of the Award of Garden Merit.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

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 April to September