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Bluebeard

If you love deep blue colour accents in your garden and are looking for an
undemanding Bluebeard plantlittle shrub, then the bluebeard plant is the right choice.

   
 
Bluebeard 'Blauer Spatz'

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Blauer Spatz' has a small, compact habit and dark blue...

From £14.90 *

Bluebeard 'Kew Blue'

Caryopteris clandonensis 'Kew Blue' - small, dark blue flowers

From £16.40 *

Bluebeard 'Summer Sorbet'®

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet' has yellow-green, variegated foliage and...

From £14.90 *

Bluebeard 'White Surprise'®

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise' has whitish green, variagated foliage and...

From £14.90 *

   
 

More useful information about Bluebeard

Bluebeard plants look like perennials at first but are semi-shrubs because their shoot base is woody. Representatives of the genus Caryopteris, they can grow to heights of up to one metre and are also known for the extremely aromatic scent of their leaves. They can even be used for smoking. Bees and bumblebees are also attracted to this flower. As it is a late bloomer in the garden, it also offers the busy insect colony an important source of food before winter. If you buy this plant and allow it to grow in a sunny location, you are guaranteed to enjoy this beautiful ornamental shrub for many years.

Attractive varieties of bluebeard plants for your garden

In the Lubera online garden shop, you will find an assortment of richly flowering bluebeard plants (Caryopteris × clandonensis). This is a cross between two East Asian species and absolutely suitable for gardening.

The variety 'Kew Blue' blooms with its beautiful blue flowers until the autumn.

‘White Surprise' surprises with its variegated leaves, which form a beautiful contrast to the violet-blue flower clusters.

'Summer Sorbet' has colourful foliage and light blue flowers.

Buying bluebeard plants - use

Bluebeard plants are one of the most beautiful late-blooming woody plants for the garden. Caryopteris cuts a fine figure as a hedge for bordering a bed, but also in Mediterranean perennial beds together with other late-flowering plants. Furthermore, atmospheric compositions with other small shrubs such as shrubby cinquefoil are possible. Bluebeard plants are also pretty in a pot with its clusters of flowers.

The suitable location

The sunnier and warmer the location is chosen, the better your bluebeard will thrive. Basically, it tolerates a dry soil better than a moist one. Stagnant moisture should be avoided at all costs. These plants love a slightly alkaline soil, but can also cope with slightly acidic locations. Loamy locations should be made more permeable by adding sand. In containers, the semi-shrub needs permeable substrate; citrus plant soil is very suitable for this.

Planting

It is best to plant bluebeards in the spring (in May, when frosts are no longer expected) so that it takes root well. This will help it cope better with winter conditions, as they are generally not very hardy. If it is planted in February, you can cut back all of the shoots to a hand's length above the ground. You can supply the bluebeard plant with a little compost, which is distributed around the roots. However, it does not need much fertiliser.

When planting bluebeards in a group, the distance between rows should be about half the width of growth.

Care and fertilising

The plant copes well with occasional dryness - so you should water sparingly. Especially when growing the plant in a container, stagnant moisture must be avoided at all costs. Ensure good drainage in the planter and only water when the top layer of soil has dried out.

In the garden, it is perfectly sufficient to fertilise once in the spring after pruning - rose fertiliser or compost is a good choice. In containers, the shrubs need a little more added nutrients - here you can fertilise once a month.

Pruning

Bluebeard plants have flowers that bloom exclusively on one-year-old wood. For this reason, you should cut the branches down by a third of their height in the spring. The shrubs will even tolerate it if you cut the branches down to the ground. All dead or frozen shoots should also be removed. The formation of shoots is promoted by cutting. In this way, the plant grows more compact and develops considerably more flowers.

When keeping these plants in containers, pruning is carried out when the shrubs come out of the winter quarters.

Winter protection

When you buy a bluebeard, you must know that it is only partially hardy. If temperatures remain colder than minus 15 degrees Celsius for a long time, there is a risk that the bushes will freeze. For this reason, it is especially important that you protect the roots. So cover the ground around the shrubs with a thick layer of leaves, brushwood or mulch. If the shoots only freeze on the surface, the plant will still survive and sprout again in the spring.

Plants grown in pots should be kept frost-free during the winter because the soil freezes through much faster in pots than in the garden. A polystyrene plate under the planter can be helpful here as well as covering the pot with garden fleece or a jute bag. If you want to be on the safe side, you should keep the bluebeard in a pot indoors for the winter - but the location should be as cool and dark as possible because it will shed its leaves during the winter.

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