Caryopteris (Bluebeard)

Hello, Anyone else a fan of this plant? This is my first year to have it in the garden, and I LOVE it! (I had never even seen it before, until I planted it based on a gardening plan recommendation.)
It looked nice as foliage all summer, and then burst forth into gorgeous deep blue late-September bloom. It looks good next to the hot-pink asters, which bloomed about the same time. I had no idea the 2 Caryopteris x clandonensis plants (bushes maybe?) would grow so well and look so good. It's nice to have something work out unexpectedly like that, and also to know that I have an honest-to-goodness long-blooming hardy perennial (I hope . . .).
-- peliroja-roja
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It is really easy to propagate if you want more. I pruned mine one year and threw the cuttings into the compost pile. Weeks later I had to move the pile and found the cuttings alive and sprouting. The next spring I put cuttings into containers of moist potting mix and set them in the shade. Several weeks later they had developed roots and I transplanted them. For some reason the original plants started to decline and eventually died. The new plants are doing well. They give the garden some fresh color late in the season and the bees really love them.
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Caryopteris also has a variety with gold leaves. Its flowering season, in my experience, is a little shorter than the darker leaved variety, but just as attractive to bees. The gold-leaved plant has the advantage of giving some interest to the garden in its non-bloom time. But I like both. Many gardening sources say that caryopteris is somewhat tender its first year in the ground, and therefore should be planted in the spring or early summer, rather than in the fall. I have also read that you can shear off the fading blooms to get another flush, but since it blooms here in early september, I have never done that, since it's possible for us to get a frost my Sept 15 - however, this year we have yet to have any frost.

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