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Offering rare blue late-season flowers, bluebeard grows into a compact and flattering companion to other late bloomers such as asters and black-eyed Susans. The wispy bunches of flowers develop along the stems in midsummer to early fall. Silvery bluebeard foliage adds a little extra shine to the landscape.
Two tricks to growing bluebeard well: Prune the plants hard in spring when they begin to show new growth, and plant in well-drained soil to ensure the best bounceback after cold winters. A plethora of new varieties are available, including those with variegated green and white leaves, gold leaves, and pink flowers.
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more varieties for Bluebeard
'Blue Mist' bluebeard
Caryopteris 'Blue Mist' grows 3 feet tall and features light blue flowers with an open, loose growth habit perfect for cottage gardens. Zones 5-8
Sunshine Blue bluebeard
Caryopteris incana 'Jason' offers large gold leaves that are a stellar complement to the rich blue flowers. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-11
'Longwood Blue' bluebeard
Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue' is one of the most outstanding introductions. It features sky blue flowers that appear in midsummer and last until fall. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8
Petit Bleu bluebeard
Caryopteris 'MinBleu' is a French introduction that flaunts rich sky blue flowers on a compact, 3-foot-tall plant. Zones 5-8