Yesterday I called in to see a friend from olden golden days (school days), and out she came from her neighbours garden with some plants for my garden. One of those plants was Ceanothus Blue Sapphire. On the label it said it is an attractive dwarf ground cover featuring clusters of dark blue flowers in late spring and striking foliage which is ebony coloured during winter, changing to dark green in spring and summer. Which was a bit confusing because the plant I have is a standard form.
It also says on the label – originating from New Zealand and I have to confess I have not heard of this plant at all. The label says its size will be 40 x 60 cm – yet it is already over 60 cm grown as a standard not as a low ground cover.
It looks an interesting plant – so the question is how to propagate it as this plant seems to suit my environment very well indeed because it isn’t prone to insect or disease attack, tolerates a bit of shade or full sun, tolerates frost and will be great in garden beds or rockeries. So you can understand that this plant wants to be with me and I with it.
I love friends and I love google. The best method of propagating Ceanothus as per google does depend on whether it is evergreen or deciduous. I think that mine is an evergreen type.
by seed, following scarification and stratification and planted out in late winter. Semi-ripe cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn – Plants raised from cuttings should be ready to flowers after two or three years Evergreens can be raised from semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings Deciduous varieties are best taken from softwood cuttings
My Ceanothus Blue Sapphire supposedly a compact evergreen low growing shrub will be covered in masses of intensely blue flowers in Spring. It will have long graceful arching stems covered in small very dark glossy leaves almost black in winter. I don’t mind that mine is not a low growing shrub. Being hardy, sun loving and drought tolerant makes this a low maintenance plant which will produce a wonderful haze of flowers. It is commonly known as California lilac because the flower supposedly looks a bit like the lilac flower. I’ll have to report later on that.
Back to friends. My friend had a conversation about moi and my garden, with her neighbour and neighbours son living elsewhere had plants he didn’t need and I drive up having left Best Beloved at the Dentist for dastardly treatment and I am gifted the plants.
How good is that.
Now the fun begins – Where to plant and can I manage to propagate this plant?