Caryopteris or Blue Beard are flowering herbaceous or shrubby plants from the family Lamiaceae. They are native to eastern Asia.
What is a Caryopteris?
Caryopteris are hardy plants growing between 0.5m and 1.5m tall. They have attractive often aromatic foliage, green or silvery grey in colour. In summer there are masses of small blue, purple or some times pink flowers carried above the foliage. The flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Where to plant Caryopteris?
Caryopteris prefer a sheltered spot with full sun and moist but well drained soil. Smaller forms make great patio pots. Caryopteris add summer colour to borders in cottage, gravel and Mediterranean style gardens.
How to care for Caryopteris?
Caryopteris are easy plants to look after. Water young and pot grown plants during dry spells. To keep Caryopteris looking their best cut back by about half in early spring removing any dead or damaged stems.