very difficult in clay soil. find a high spot for better drainage. extraordinary color combination of chartreuse foliage & cornflower blue flowers! self-seeds a bit, but never invasive. HATES wet feet. Bees go bonkers for blooms. Flowers when others are winding down.
Sunshine Blue® Bluebeard Caryopteris incana
- Hardy Zones
- 5 - 11
- Mature Size
- 30 - 36 Inches
Amethyst blue flowers in late summer and fall contrast with the bright yellow foliage. Season long color. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant once established.
Excellent for mixed borders or perennial gardens. Adds a splash of bright color to any garden.
Prefers well-drained, loose soil. Does not like to be over-saturated. Prune in spring down to where new growth is sprouting. In Northern regions' this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. In the South, cut back if needed. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.
If you like bright, bold color, this is the plant for you! Bright yellow foliage contrasts with the rich amethyst blue flowers for an outstanding late summer display.
- lacewingHobartIndianaUnited States3 years ago
LOVE this shrub - flowy form if unpruned, golden chartreuse leaves, blue flower spires in early fall, no extra irrigation given... it is a winner in my book!Anni JBoiseIdahoUnited States4 years ago
This plant grew well and bloomed nicely the year I planted it. It ended up being about 24" and nicely filled out. Over winter, I mulched it well and the weather was so mild it never died back. It started leafing out early in the warm March, got hit by a freeze and STILL came back and then one side of the plant died and then the other. That was it, it was dead for no apparent reason. Upon pulling it out, the roots were well established. I do have seedlings so they may do something but they are not growing too fast so I doubt they will mature enough to bloom this year. A disappointment as the foliage and size were nice.KimCrown PointIndianaUnited States4 years ago
- Russell StudebakerOklahomaUnited States5 years ago
Outstanding all round performance from spring through fall.Great as a specimen and in landscape groups.albert smithBritish ColumbiaCanada5 years ago
Beautiful!Marilyn B. GruaKentuckyUnited States5 years ago
- Russell StudebakerNew HampshireUnited States5 years ago
This wonderful shrub is in full bloom in September in western NY. It has bloomed in a partial sunny location and the honey bees love it -- a beautiful blue!CBNew YorkUnited States5 years ago
did not know tha ti would take the spot light from my other plants.vanessa princeSouth CarolinaUnited States5 years ago
Bought 5 plants at a local nursery. It was in the fall, they looked terrible. I planted them hoping they would survive. To much of a suprise they are growing like mad....beautiful!!!!!!!!Sherri NallIndianaUnited States5 years ago