Caryopteris x clandonensis

‘Heavenly Blue’


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Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’

No water-conscious garden should be without the divine colour of Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’.
Because in late summer and autumn, it positively covers itself with deep indigo-blue-violet fuzz balls.
‘Heavenly Blue’ is hardy, long blooming, easy low care, and a neat compact shrub.
So no excuse not have one.

Growing: Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’


Height with flowers: 75-80cm approx.
Width: As round as it is high, so a shrubby 75-80cm in diameter.
Position: A hardy little shrub that can tolerate heat well. So it is perfectly happy in Full Sun, though it will have an even greater tolerance to dry periods if if has a little shelter from the hot afternoon sun.
Growth: Deciduous hardy small shrub.
Soil: Prefers good drainage, but Caryopteris is not a hungry plant. So it will thrive in normal average garden loam, but it is also tolerant of sandy or poorer soils, and accepts a wide range of soil pH from acid to alkaline (lime). It dislikes poorly drained boggy soils.

Hardy & easy

Water-wise: Caryopteris have a proven track record in dry spells, and it is considered a water-wise plant with a low water need, once it is established.
Frost: Caryopteris are frost hardy plants, and can easily tolerate heavy frost to below -10C.
Care: Caryopteris are easy care, low maintenance plants, and very rewarding for a minimum of work. They are largely unaffected by any pests or diseases. And the only possible annual work is a little prune after flowering, or in very early spring, to promote new branches for even more flowers next autumn. But Caryopteris wont mind of you forget, as they are naturally neat growing shrubs. 

Other benefits

Fragrance: Both the flowers and foliage are fragrant.
Beneficial for wildlife: The nectar rich fuzzy flower balls are honeypots for bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. The late blooming season during late summer and autumn is particularly beneficial, when there are few other flowers in such abundance. 
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Yes. Both rabbits and deer tend to treat it with ignore. Perhaps because they don’t like the aromatic quality of the foliage.
Origin: Caryopteris are native to widespread areas in China, Japan, Korea and even Mongolia. So this testifies to the hardiness and adaptability of the Caryopteris family. 


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