I love Proven Winners advertising, great photos, great plants and good grouping recipes, the only thing I don't like is their prices when items are mail ordered. I get it, boxing and shipping are costly. My advice, go to your local garden center first. No need to pay more than you have to. $10 to $12 for a gallon size container is about right and when you're there who knows what else you'll find. Also, we have some fantastic growers close to home here in Northern CA. No mail order for me.
Beyond Midnight® Bluebeard Caryopteris x clandonensis
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Dark and dreamy!
You'll love this new caryopteris - it has extremely dark, glossy foliage, a compact habit, and deep blue flowers. It adds much-needed color to the late summer landscape and makes a handsome companion with perennials. A great favorite with pollinators of all types!
Top three reasons to grow Beyond Midnight® caryopteris:
Long BloomingFall InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryDrought TolerantAttracts:BeesButterfliesHummingbirdsResists:Deer
- Adds fresh color to the landscape late in the season
- Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
- Better color and habit than other caryopteris
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 30 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 30 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Shade:richFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:dark, glossyHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:LowNeeds Good DrainageUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Mixed borders; perennial gardensMaintenance Notes:
Caryopteris demands a sunny spot and very well-drained soil. Wet soils, particularly those that remain soggy during periods of cold weather, will cause root rot. For this reason, we recommend early season planting of caryopteris in zones 5 and 6.
Caryopteris should be cut back every spring to ensure sturdy, dense growth. You may give it a light trim in late autumn, once it has gone dormant, to remove the old flowers and eliminate possible seed spread. However, do not cut into any thick, woody stems until new growth begins to emerge in spring. Then, cut the whole plant back to just above where large, healthy buds are emerging.Fun Facts:
Caryopteris is also known as bluebeard or blue mist spirea - but it's not a spirea at all. In fact, they're not even remotely related.Beyond Midnight® Caryopteris x clandonensis 'CT-9-12' USPP 27,426, Can 5,414
Gardening Grandma, 18 weeks ago
I bought two of these for our home SE of Seattle. They’ve got full sun, and great drainage for our soggy winters. They’re planted with gaura, salvias, lavender, lilies, and crocosmia in a border, and have thrived for several years. My favorite thing is when the light pink guara grows through them, and it becomes a mass of flowers and pollinators. Absolutely gorgeous.Karlina, Washington, United States, 24 weeks ago
Not Impressed. I bought several of these plants and the blooms are tiny and washed out. They are NOTHING like the brilliant blooms shown by Proven Winners. Extremely disappointed in the false advertising. I have noticed the problem with Proven Winners posting pictures that look nothing like the real plants. Will not be buying PW plants anymore. Way overpriced.Maryann Ferencak, Florida, United States, 25 weeks ago
I love this plant! I bought 2 and kept one in a pot and one in the ground. In zone 6 both came back after 2 winters. This spring I have transplanted them both into a spot where I can see them better. I also pruned them and the look fantastic! So much new strong growth coming back!Courtney, New Jersey, United States, 37 weeks ago
I adore this plant as a late season prolific bloomer. The color is gorgeous and it’s the best fall pollinator I have except for a New England aster. Perfect shrub size. Needs to be pruned back in early spring after new growth appears. I originally had 2. One did die due to too much water from one of the worst flood years on record. The other was in a slightly better draining location and thrived. We bought 2 more as a backdrop to a new flower bed. I suspect this plant should be treated like Russian sage. Keep it a little dry, neglect it a little. Probably does better in poor soil like lavender.KelzSTL, 50 weeks ago
LOVE caryopteris - beautiful pollinator magnets, esp. honey bees. However: tried 2 varieties, neither survived. As a master gardener & master naturalist, am quite puzzled. Others' reviews share the same disappointment.V. M. Jostes, Indiana, United States, 1 year ago
Planted in early/mid-summer 2018 and it did really well until winter. The rabbits destroyed a good part of the plant during the winter, but not enough for it to not survive. They destroyed many other plants and those have all come back fine- a bit smaller but still healthy. I attribute the cold winter to this one not surviving. As beautiful as it was, I won’t try this again. I will find a heartier perennial with like-color to plant in its place. Based on other reviews that are similar to mine, I imagine zones 6-9 have better luck with this plant. Zone 5 winters have been colder these last few years and I think they have a hard time surviving the extreme cold. Had it survived, it may have become my favorite plant. The color and amount of blooms were mesmerizing! It became covered with bumble bees so keep that in mind while choosing a location.Michelle P, Wisconsin, United States, 1 year ago
Bought in spring of 2018. Grew fine but did not bloom until August. The blooms were very sparse but I attributed it to transplanting. Trimmed it back very early spring this year, but to date there is no new growth. very disappointed as it cost just under $30.00.Lorna Pominville, Ontario, Canada, 1 year ago
Adds a beautiful contrast to my other foundation perennials. Blooms late into the summer, after the daylilies are done.Rachelle Andersen, Indiana, United States, 3 years ago
I love this plant and ordered two of them as well as four of the two yellow versions. I have double dug flower beds with plenty of compost-- sun from morning until 2 PM, then a couple of hours in the evening. My lilies in this bed do well, so I assume the drainage is good. One plant did not come back after winter. The second did well until about the 4th of July, then, quite suddenly, it started to "wilt" and was dead within a few days. The larger of the four yellow ones was still going strong until last week. I see one of the spectacular big yellow ones has started to wilt as well. I have pruned the dead parts out, but they keep coming. They are neither under nor over watered. I can't see any kind of bug on these plants, and those plants interplanted with them are doing fine. Breaks my heart because I built one whole bed around them for my daughter's outdoor wedding at the end of August. They are among the few perennials in bloom at that time. Too late to try and replace them with something big enough for their function in the bed. I've been gardening for 30+ years and rarely have losses. I have no idea what I did wrong, so am afraid to order again at the hefty price plus shipping.Janet, Pennsylvania, United States, 3 years ago