Ceanothus Silver Surprise
Unique cream and green foliage is a wonderful backdrop throughout the year, highlighted by clouds of mauve blue flowers in late spring, attracting bees and butterflies.
Month Available: March
Evergreen / Deciduous: Evergreen
Flower Colour: Blue
Suitable For Wildlife: Bees and Butterflies
Soil Type: Well-drained
Sun/Shade: Full sun or partial shade
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flower/Foliage/Berries: Flowers, Foliage
Plant Type: Wall shrub
Main Attribute: All year round interest.
Height / Spread: 120cm x 90cm (4ft x 3ft)
These can be tender in a hard frost so to offer an extra bit of protection I've planted mine against a warm, sheltered wall in my garden.
Where to Plant: Borders
Pests and Diseases: Scale insects, Honey fungus.
Plant Care: Maintain a pleasant shape and structure by removing unwanted branches after flowering.
Care and Time: Low - summer
Benefits: Classed as a wall or fence shrub, it offers greater seasonal interest than other Ceanothus due to its unusual foliage.
History: Ceanothus Silver Surprise is a sport of Ceanothus Yankee Point and was discovered in Hertfordshire by a Ceanothus specialist, Pete Brandt. It was introduced by Bransford Nurseries.