The Q&A Archives: Ceanothus

Question: I have a spot in my yard that I was thinking of planting ceanothus (Anchor Bay) It is about 40ft by 6ft, in full sun all day, sort of on a bank not bad but I would like it to hold erosion. When is a good time to plant and where can I purchase this variety?

Answer: Ceanothus, or California Lilac, is a relatively short-lived plant (about 7 years) so that might sway your decision in what you want to plant. Ceanothus are evergreen plants, especially attractive in the spring, with their blue to violet-blue flowers. You can purchase Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Anchor Bay' at Digging Dog Nursery, Box 471, Albion, CA 95410, (707) 937-1130, or Canyon Creek Nursery, 3527 Dry Creek Rd., Oroville, CA 95965, (916) 533-2166.

Some other considerations for your planting site include Arabis (Rockcress), Arctostaphylos (Manzanita), Fragaria chiloensis (Wild Strawberry), or Lysimachia. All will help hold soil, provide seasonal color, and are relatively carefree once established.

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