Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Lisaura’
Bright violet-blue fuzzy balls in abundance over late summer and autumn against soft gold foliage.
So the combination makes Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Lisaura’ a stunner.
And it blooms for so long.
A fuzz of violet blue amongst gold
The whole small shrub resembles a blue cloud when it starts to flower.
And the vivid flowers are perfectly complemented by soft, lime-green foliage, so the common name of “Golden Bluebeard” is a very apt description.
Handsome, aromatic foliage
Handsome foliage emerges quite golden in early spring, and then matures to a gentle lime by the time the fuzzballs of violet-blue begin in late summer.
So Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Lisaura’ is an ideal plant for both small gardens and containers. Because of it’s hardiness, compact size and eye-catching beauty.
Growing: Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Lisaura’
– 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.
– 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.