Ceanothus gris. horiz. 'Diamond Heights'

Diamond Heights California Lilac

Evergreen Groundcover, Shrub

This low-growing, ground-hugging variety of California lilac has blue flowers in spring but is most valued for its attractive chartreuse yellow and green variegated foliage. Great as a front-of-the-border ground cover or cascading out of a container or over a wall. Full to part sun in well-drained soil. Not reliably hardy, nor as attractive (due to winter-damaged foliage) in colder gardens, but when it likes what you have to offer, it's an excellent choice.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low


Size: 6 - 16 tall x 30 - 60 wide
Shape / Form: Horizontal, Low and Spreading
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Low Maintenance, Attractive Foliage, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Winter Interest

Foliage Color: Variegated, Gold, Yellow / Gold

Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Season: Spring

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Container, Erosion Control, Groundcover, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Low Water / No Water
Wildlife: Bees

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: front of border, ground hugger
Plant Behavior: Tender
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos