With a name like Heavenly Blue you would expect the flowers on this plant to be gorgeous. And you would be right!
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’ is a lovely shrub for late summer/early autumn.
Commonly known as Blue Beard it’s a small shrub – maximum height will be about 1m/3 feet tall in 8 to 10 years. I have grown Caryopteris for about 7 years now and mine are probably about half that size. I don’t mind that at all. It’s quite nice to have plants that don’t grow too vigorously or need constant maintenance. In fact after flowering I usually forget all about them until the flowers reappear the next year.
Bees and Butterflies love Caryopteris. So this is a good plant to choose to follow on from Lavender which is just coming to an end now. They prefer good drainage and plenty of sunshine. You can grow them in pots too. Today I found a particularly hairy bee enjoying my plants.
I hope you still have lots of flowers and beneficial insects visiting you this month.
Happy Gardening! Gillian 🙂