I’m growing bluebeard for the first time, convinced to try it by a fellow shopper at Barton Springs Nursery last spring who said how great ‘Dark Knight’ Caryopteris x clandonensis had performed for her in a hot, sunny bed. Of course I don’t have too many sunny spots in my live oak-shaded garden, so mine makes do with some midday sun. It’s hung on rather quietly all summer, biding its time, and last week it suddenly burst into bloom. Like the emergence of the oxblood lily and the purpling of American beautyberry, the lavender caryopteris flowers are a harbinger of fall.
A wider view. I’m sure in more sun this plant would have a fuller, more compact appearance. But even with its lankier form in part shade, I’m happy to have one more plant confirming that fall is on the way.
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Note: My Plant This posts are written primarily for gardeners in central Texas. The plants I recommend are ones I’ve grown myself and have direct experience with. I wish I could provide more information about how these plants might perform in other parts of the country, but gardening knowledge is local. Consider checking your local online gardening forums to see if a particular plant might work in your region.
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