Caryopteris Clandonensis Sterling Silver also called Bluebeard Sterling Silver is a lovely small compact shrub. Its features include its fragrant silvery foliage and its late-season blue flowers. Receiving both the RHS Award of Garden Merit and Perfect for Pollinators designation, it’s a great choice for British gardens!
Caryopteris Clandonensis Sterling Silver, developed in the UK, has been available for a few years now, and is a hit with gardeners for its many excellent characteristics. In early spring the plant puts forth new shoots, forming a mounded bush of aromatic silvery-green leaves, which even without the flowers of late summer would make this a valuable accent plant. Then, from August to October, the intense blue flowers of Bluebeard Sterling Silver bloom, creating the illusion of a cloud of blue mist and attracting bees and butterflies. In autumn the leaves turn red and orange, providing yet another bright burst of colour as the year winds down.
Hardy in most parts of the UK, Caryopteris Clandonensis Sterling Silver will grow to a mature height and spread of 50-100 cm in 5 to 10 years. It will respond well to pruning back by two-thirds every spring, since all flowers form on the new year’s growth. Space multiple specimens 1 metre apart. Plant Bluebeard Sterling Silver in full sun in a sheltered position with a south or west-facing aspect, in any well-drained sand, loam or chalk soil. Very tolerant of both pollution and salt, Caryopteris Clandonensis Sterling Silver makes an excellent choice for city or coastal gardens alike, and as it is deer resistant will suit country gardens well.
Caryopteris Clandonensis Sterling Silver can be used in many different ways in your landscape! Its small size makes it a perfect plant for roof terraces or patios or flanking a front door. As a part of a mixed border, the fragrant silvery foliage is an excellent complement for bright blooms and dark green leaves before creating its own explosion of beauty with its late-summer flowers. With its preference for well-drained and even dry soil, Bluebeard Sterling Silver is a natural fit in a Mediterranean or gravel garden.
Caryopteris Clandonensis Sterling Silver combines the appeal of its fragrant, silvery foliage and the stunning effect of its late-season blue flowers to make it an irresistible choice for your garden!