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Including Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’, Caryopteris incana, Caryopteris x ‘Lissilv’, and Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’

Caryopteris (perennials)

Bluebeard

Shrouded in a blue mist from midsummer until frost, these woody, shrublike perennials proclaim an Asian heritage and Verbena relations. Aromatic and paired, the deciduous foliage is attired with dense clusters of tantalizing whorled flowers enhanced by showy extended stamens. An excellent choice for a shrubby bed, mixed border or open bank, their cool colors complement the warmer tones of late season blooms. Prized by bees and butterflies, sun-loving Caryopteris tolerates some drought and demands good drainage.


Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’  full sun
Blue Mist Spiraea

Englishman Peter Catt bred sterling qualities into this easy-to-care-for Caryopteris: deep, vivid blue blossoms, an earlier, extended bloom period, and a neatly compact form that requires little pruning. ‘First Choice’ also earns its place for winning whorls of inky flowers, which emerge from the leaf axils along the upper part of each erect stem. Serrated, with a green sheen topside, the linear leaves are a soothing gray-green beneath. Blue Mist Spiraea offers arresting texture and color when staged with the toasty hues of Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’ and Spodiopogon sibiricus.(PP#11,958)

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’ (P-1100)
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Caryopteris incana  full sun
Common Bluebeard
Caryopteris incana

This shrubby perennial is valued for its ability to handle a dry site, but definitely proves itself indispensable when masses of its deep blue-violet flowers put on a spectacular show. Enveloping stiff upright stems, the richly colored blooms are long lasting in the garden and in arrangements as well. Handsome, grayish green felted leaves emit a pleasing medicinal scent as they cloak Common Bluebeard’s looser, more open profile.

Blooms mid-August–October.

Size: 3'–5' high x 4' wide; hardy to zone 7.

Caryopteris incana (P-0728)
Each $7.50
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Caryopteris (shrubs)

Bluebeard

   
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’  full sun

A spectacular abundance of tiny round buds and vibrant whorled blooms that look fantastic in cut arrangements mantles the fine textured bushy foundation described by compact upright stems and pewter-tinged green foliage with silver undersides. Touted as the best and the bluest of all Caryopteris, ‘Dark Knight’s swank low mounding profile can be staged right up front, tucked next to Zauschneria ‘Wayne’s Silver’ or ushered into smaller gardens.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2'–3' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ (S-0758)
Each $8.25
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Caryopteris x ‘Lissilv’  full sun

(Sterling Silver™)

We have esteemed English shrub breeder, Peter Catt to thank for the exceptional attributes this award winning Caryopteris promotes: small stature, elegant illuminated foliage and copious late season blooms. Whorled bright blue-violet flowers garnish a trim gathering of shimmering silver leaves that draws attention months before the blossoms appear.

An ideal addition to the mixed border, its sterling shades can be combined with the yellow umbels of Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ or boldly mixed with orange flowering Leonotis ‘Savannah Sunset’. (PPAF)

Blooms August – September.

Size: 18"–2' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Caryopteris x ‘Lissilv’ (S-0732)
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