Ceanothus are particularly attractive plants to bees when they flower, producing a mass of blue flowers (though there are other varieties that have pink or white flowers). Most varieties flower in late spring or early summer.
They require full sun, and free draining soil but do not like exposed positions. The best location for the shrub is against a south-facing wall. In the coldest of winters in the UK, they may not survive, and they are relatively short lived at around ten years in any case.
The shrub can be pruned to remove long or damaged branches in April or May, or after flowering, but care should be taken as they do not like hard pruning.
Growing Ceanothus in pots is possible, however the pot must drain well and be fairly deep.