Name: Caryopteris × clandonensis aka bluebeard or blue mist shrub.
Type of Plant: A short shrub (typically 20-30” tall and a bit wider) with pale, sea-green foliage and blue flowers in the late summer and early fall. Hardy in zones 5 to 8, and growing best in full sun.
Why I Love This Plant: I love the fact that this shrub stays small. I appreciate that the foliage contrasts well with other shrubs that have larger or differently colored leaves. And I love how Caryopteris attracts butterflies and bees.
A Word to the Wise: Plan on cutting these back by 1/3 to a half of the plant’s height in March or early April. That will keep the plant full and bushier.