Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Ceanothus griseus v horizontalis--Carmel Ceanothus
Another Ceanothus is coming into bloom at the UC Botanical Garden. The Garden calls it Carmel Ceanothus, but it is also called Carmel Creeper because it is low growing, only 1-3' tall. But it spreads 5-15', so it makes a nice ground cover. It likes full sun and good drainage. Also, too much water will shorten the life of any ceanothus, so go easy on the water. The deer like this one, it has nice big yummy leaves. This rapidly growing elegant plant makes a great bank cover. The variety 'Yankee Point' is generally available. The flowers of all Ceanothus are lightly fragrant. Come to the Garden for a sniff!