Ceanothus originated in the Americas and are particularly abundant in the wild in California however Ceanothus Italian Skies arose as a seedling of Ceanothus foliosus in 1956. Ceanothus have become a well known and widely planted shrub with many varieties available. Italian Skies is not one of the hardiest evergreen varieties so should be planted in sunny sheltered locations and in the more northern parts of the Uk. is best given some winter protection. It is an excellent example of a spreading Ceanothus a vigorous shrub with small mid green leaves and rich blue flowers in abundance in late spring and early summer. Is not very tolerant of chalky or wet soil but thrives in coastal locations. This plant can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or a container. If planting in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer.