I am trying to decide whether to plant this shrub partially under an oak tree (my gardener's idea) where it would get partial sun to full shade. I have researched this site and one other and have seen some pretty ugly pictures and some very pretty ones! Also saw a pic of a really large totally frozen one. We live in the in Los Altos in the Bay Area.
I also read where it is poisonous (my cat's name is Tess and she loves to chew).
What I have in there now are 3 beautiful deep blue ceanothus with stunning bare trunks/branches below and previously beautiful foliage on top. Unfortunately, as usual, the oak tree has spread and now there is too much shade, so the flowers are struggling to bloom and the leaves look a bit scrappy too. Maybe what I really need are some ideas for great shade plants -- --- feel free offer your advice!