We had business down in Palo Alto today. On the way home, on a whim, I decided to visit the California native plant garden behind the Woodside Library.
Can you see why I want a bit of prairie grassland in my garden?
Why am I failing at this?
It sure doesn't look hard to pull off.
I was surprised and delighted to find two Ceanothus 'Tuxedo' plants growing here.
This is a new plant developed by FitzGerald Nursery in Ireland for its dark foliage (See also). Ceanothus thyrsiflorus is its closest California relative. California has no foliage this dark in its native flora. Putting this plant in a native plant garden surely entailed some controversy (no? please tell me about it in the comments), but I'm happy to see a little bit of...experimentation going on. Bravo!
The plant's foliar virtues are quite plain, but it also flowers in the summer. Check it out.