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Planting Instructions for Caryopteris (bluebeard):

Bloom Time:  Late summer Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained Moisture:  Average to slightly moist, dry in winter
Planting Depth:  Top of the crown about 1 to 2" below the soil Spacing:  36"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Caryopteris likes to be somewhat dry when dormant, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and air it out then close the bag again. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant in any good, well-draining soil in full to part sun. Though it will also grow in part shade they may not flower as well or might get leggy.

Moisture:  Caryopteris doesn't like to be wet and is quite drought tolerant when established. The shrub-like plants require good winter drainage while the herbaceous Caryopteris divaricata are more forgiving.

Spacing: 36 to 48" apart

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown, base of the stems about 2” below the soil. Stems can be buried slightly and will form roots on their own, just don't overwater or they could rot instead. Mulch lightly after planting to protect them in winter and keep them cool and conserve moisture in summer.

General Instructions:  Enrich soil with compost or peat humus. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the garden if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in. Water as needed during the growing season. Plants are very drought tolerant once established and will wilt to let you know when they need water.

Caryopteris divaricata is a completely herbaceous perennial. It will die back to the ground completely in the winter and can be cut back in the fall or early spring. New sprouts emerge late in the spring and they like to be somewhat dry when dormant. They bloom each year in September and October so are grown mostly for their foliage.

Landscape Uses:  Caryopteris is a wonderful plant in the late summer garden and is prized by both hummingbirds and butterflies. Plant them at the middle or back of the perennial border, in groups or individually as an accent or filler where the foliage provides an interesting contrast to the garden even when they aren't in bloom. Combine them with ornamental grasses, asters, Boltonia, Sedum, and Japanese anemones.

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