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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

CARYOPTERIS (Blue­beard)

Caryopteris, or Blue­beard, is a wel­come sight in late sum­mer and au­tumn, a shrub that bears blue flow­ers, pro­vid­ing colour in the gar­den and nec­tar for pol­li­na­tors, es­pe­cially but­ter­flies.

It’s best grown in full sun­shine and a light, well-drained soil. ‘First Choice’ is a rel­a­tively new cul­ti­var which has in­tense blue flow­ers and a good com­pact habit, mak­ing it suit­able for the smaller gar­den.

In spring, prune back flow­er­ing stems and mulch an­nu­ally with gar­den com­post or well-rot­ted ma­nure.

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