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The Californian Lilacs are amongst the most beautiful scented blue coloured shrubs .Many are evergreen in the warmer climates, dropping their leaves in the more temperate regions.
Ceanothus do best in sunny sheltered positions, in free draining neutral to acid soils. Amongst the most hardy are:
Ceanothus "Gloire de Versailles": Powder blue flowers in late summer/ fall. Rarely more than 7 ft tall.
Ceanothus thrysiflorus repens: Mid blue spring flowers. 3ft tall.
Ceanothus "Marie Simone": Pale pink flowers in late summer/ fall. 5ft tall.
Ceanothus "Autumnal Blue": Evergreen , dark blue flowers in late summer/fall. 6ft.
Ceanothus "Southmead": Royal blue flowers, May/June.evergreen 6ft.
All will grow taller if planted against a south facing wall.
Philadelphus is one of the stars of the early summer garden, indeed there is one to suit every garden, large or small. Blooms in all sorts are white and deliciously scented of orange blossom.
The most popular sort is the double white flowered “Virginal” which can grow to 15 ft in time. A more compact double flowered type is “Manteau d ‘Hermine” which rarely grows taller than 4 ft.
A beautiful six footer is “Belle Etoile” which has single white blooms with a purple centre.
The baby of the bunch is Philadelphus microphyllus , which is covered with single pure white flowers and grows to 2 ft tall.
There are literally dozens of Lavenders on the market today, but which are the best for your garden?
The following are amongst the easiest and most hardy of the lavenders. They are superb planted next to paths so that as you brush past them, their intoxicating odour is released.
Lavandula angustifolia "Hidcote"; Compact grower 2 ft. Violet flowers from early July. Grey foliage.
Lavandula angustifolia "Munstead"; Compact grower 2 ft tall. Deep blue flowers from early July. Narrow green foliage.
Lavandula angustifolia "Alba": A beautiful white flowered strong grower.4 ft tall Late July .
Lavandula angustifolia "Loddon Pink" ; Pale pink spikes of flowers on a 2 ft plant. Early July onwards.
Lavandula angustifolia "Miss Katherine"; The deepest pink and the most fragrant. 2 ft tall. Early July onwards.
Lavandula angustifolia "Little Lady"; One of the most compact at only 18" tall. Silver foliage anddeep lavender blue flowers.
Lavandula angustifolia "Miss Muffet"; Lilac blue flowers adorn this little beauty. A tiny 8"-12" tall. Perfect for the patio container.
Escallonia "Appleblossom" is an easily grown evergreen shrub with small, white tinted pink sweet smelling flowers. Growth is compact, the shrub eventually making 5' The flowering season is from May till October, but if the frosts are light in your region, you may see a few flowers later.
Escallonias in general are trouble free, but do best in free draining soil and a sheltered aspect.
Escallonia "Appleblossom" makes a wonderful seaside shrub, but a major consideration is that
it will not survive in areas with severely cold winters.
All Lavenders, being mediterranean natives revel in a sunny hot position.
The English lavenders or varieties of Lavandula angustifolia are the most hardy. Trim off faded blooms immediatly after flowering.
Lavenders are not fussy about soil types, as long as it is free draining.
Caryopteris clandonensis is a very pretty short growing shrub with aromatic greyish-silver foliage. The pretty foam-like blue flowers are produced en mass from late summer onwards and are lightly scented and highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Good varieties are;
Caryopteris “Arthur Simmonds”: 3 ft. tall with sky blue flowers.
Caryopteris “Heavenly Blue”: 3 ft tall with dark blue flowers.
Skimmia japonica is a reliable early spring blooming evergreen shrub. The perfume from the clusters of tiny, white flowers is strong and pervading.
Skimmias grow to around 4 ft tall. and are naturally neat growers , making a pleasing round shape.
Male and female varieties need to be grown if the sealing wax red berries are to be produced, or grow Skimmia reevsiana , which is bisexual.
A great favourite of mine is the male variety Skimmia “Rubella” which has beautiful red flower buds for much of the winter.
Spartium juncium provides a myriad of pea-shaped golden yellow blooms over a period that extends from midsummer to early autumn.
The green rush-like foliage provides year round interest in this fast maturing shrub. Height is around six feet and the fragrance is of very sweet bubble gum.
Clethra alnifolia "Paniculata", the sweet pepper bush is a very underrated late flowering shrub. The white blooms in terminal racemes appear in August and fill the garden with a sweet fragrance.
Clethras prefer a sunny /semi shaded aspect and must have a moist acid soil.