Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice
Blue Mist Spirea First Choice
Details24-48" tall x 48" wide (cutting propagated). An outstanding new Blue Mist cultivar, 'First Choice' is different from other varieties because of its tight branching habit and deep, deep blue late-summer flower spikes. Blooming after 'Longwood Blue', plant them both to have several months of flowering. Caryopteris is also a superb shrub for providing nectar for butterflies and other pollinators. Plant in non-clay soils and irrigate deeply but infrequently. Trim back by 1/3 to 1/2 in the spring every third year. Deahead annually in the fall or spring. I like it paired with white flowered Fernbush.
|Common Name||Blue Mist Spirea First Choice|
|Botanical Name||Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||24-48" tall|
|Mature Spread||48" wide|
|Bloom Time||Early to late summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice:
I like all the blue mist plants. This one is compact, which has it's uses, as it can be tucked in wherever it's needed without taking over the entire area.
I have found all the caryopteris plants beautiful and sturdy, and hard to kill. I hope to never be without one in my yard.
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