Blue Mist Spirea—Caryopteris

August 25, 2008 heavenlygardens

Blue mist spirea flowers create a misty blue effect waving in the breeze.

Blue mist spirea flowers create a misty blue effect waving in the breeze.

Blue Mist Spirea, aka Caryopteris, is one of my all-time garden favorites. Its blue-green leaves and bright blue airy flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The shrub grows in a rounded habit, neatly filling in empty spots in the garden or acting as an accent or border plant. The flower spikes wave gently in the breeze making the entire shrub seem like it’s dancing. Check this plant out at your local garden center or at one of the online garden catalogs such as Dayton Nurseries, which has 4 varieties: Bluebeard, Dark Knight, First Choice, and Sunshine Blue, which has yellow foliage.

Some companion plants that complement the Blue Mist Spirea include asters, campanula, black-eyed-susans, blue fescue, butterfly bush, limerock ruby coreopsis, and Shasta daisies.

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