Name: Sunshine Blue Caryopteris, aka Caryoperis incana ‘Jason’
Type of Plant: A fall-flowering shrub for full sun that’s hardy in Zones 5-9.
Why I Love This Plant: I love plants that bring both foliage and flowers to the party, and this is one such shrub. The leaves are bright yellow/lime all summer, and their fine texture contrasts with larger and darker foliage. I also love that this shrub is smaller – 2-3 feet tall and wide in the garden, so perfect for planting in perennial gardens, foundation beds and at the front of mixed shrub borders.
This shrub flowers in the fall, blue flowers on top of the yellow foliage, and the bees love it. I have picked the stems for bouquets, in summer and fall, and I appreciate how the plant mingles with others.
A Word to the Wise: Caryopteris shrubs like sunny spots and well-drained soil. Leave the stems in place all winter, and then cut the plant back by half in the early spring, shaping it into a ball, not giving it a “flat top.”