If necessary, cut branches off at the base in spring. Place the plant in full sun. The plant only needs water during dry periods.
|Latin name:||Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Heavenly Blue'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||August - October|
|Growing Height:||100 - 120 cm|
|Planting distance:||80 - 100 cm|
Do make sure that the Caryopteris clandonensis root ball is soaked well prior to planting. Dig a wide hole and loosen the soil with a fork. Plant your Bluebeard at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should come to just below soil level. Fill the hole with soil, heel well in and water immediately. Bluebeard will thrive in a permeable, fertile soil in the garden. Plant the bush in a sunny spot.
Bluebeard and other plants
Bluebeard will thrive in a sunny spot in fairly dry soil. Will look lovely in a sunny border together with other late summer and autumn flowering plants like butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and dahlias. Bluebeard is also a great plant for a large planter on the patio or decking - perhaps together with a deliciously scented jasmine (Jasminium officinale).
Cut all young Caryopteris twigs hard back in the spring. Bluebeards can suffer from frost damage, during a severe frost protect your Caryopteris with a mulch of leaf litter, or straw. The bush soon regrows from the roots. Because the beard flower flowers on year-old wood, after a spring pruning it will still flower that year. Dead twigs and branches should be cut out entirely in the spring.
A too marshy position will not be tolerated, especially in the winter. If you are growing your Caryopteris clandonensis in a pretty planter you must ensure good drainage at all times.
These flowers attract lots of insects which is why bluebeard is a must for growing in a natural garden. The flowers rather resemble the better known spirea and is sometimes actually called blue spirea.