I really miss my former gardens. I had worked so hard to make them lush and healthy. One of the plants I miss most is Sunshine Blue Caryopteris by Proven Winners. I had it planted with Lorapedalums and the contrast was a show stopper. Hardy to zone 5 with an estimated height of 3 feet
It does spread by layering and will sprout a healthy new set of branches along side the old in Spring. So you must trim it to the ground after first frost if you don’t want it to spread everywhere. I would like Petit Bleu, a smaller version by Proven Winners also. Petit Bleu has darker leaves and flowers. The Sunshine Blue has amethyst blue flowers as you can see from my gardens.
Mostly, I miss this contrast. It just pops no matter where you put it in the garden. I have only one in my new garden and just planted it a couple of weeks ago. It is already making everything around it look better. If you have a spot for this plant, I highly recommend you give it a try.
This is my favorite picture of the Sunshine Blue. In the back ground is a Chaste Lilac tree. They were a fitting pair and both long bloomers. I so badly want my new gardens to look like my former friends. I miss them!
If you would like to see more of my former gardens, there is a link under my recent post section. I have a photo album uploaded with those pictures.