Sunday, May 22, 2011

Caryopteris Snow Fairy

It's always fun to plant new plants in the garden! I'm sure you agree! Caryopteris has been one of my favorite perennials for a couple years now and I've gradually developed a hedge of caryopteris along one side of our yard. The hedge row was inspired by a picture I once saw of a caryopteris row at Longview Gardens. This year I found a new caryopteris to add into my garden: 'Snow Fairy' (Caryopteris divaricata).  It's a Japanese variety with variegated foliage and blue flowers in the fall. I know from my other caryopteris plants that pollinators love caryopteris.


Since I planted it about a month ago it's already tripled in size. Two weeks ago I took a caryopteris cutting and a few days ago I noticed roots. Other caryopteris plants (Caryopteris clandonensis) are very easy to root as well. Take a look at this post if you're interested in propagating caryopteris.

Have you tried growing 'Snow Fairy in your garden yet?

6 comments :

  1. I don't believe I know this plant. Love the foliage.

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  2. I've had this one for years, but it is now shaded out and I'm afraid to move it! I should try propagating it.

    BTW, it took 4 tries for the comment popup to work on your blog. Blogger sure has been having lots of problems lately.

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  3. That foliage is wonderful! I've never had luck with the bluebeards here but do enjoy them.

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  4. Back to the Lola commentor...how can I access her blog, I have tried to click her name both here and on my post, nothing happens??

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  5. Darla, Lola here. I don't have a blog. I enjoy reading others blogs & do comment sometimes. Try FB.
    I really like the color of this plant Dave. I think it would help lighten a dark corner. I may have to try it.

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  6. Darla,

    I thought it was pretty neat. I have an issue with not enough interesting foliage around. This caryopteris hopefully will help rectify that!

    Cameron,

    It definitely roots well. I just posted a picture of the root system of the new cutting. Before I try to move plants I like to have a backup plant already established just in case things don't work out so well.

    Tina

    You have a lot more shade than I do. This variegated one might be more suited to your garden since variegated plants tend to like a little less sun than their counterparts.

    Lola,

    It's a nice one! Very low maintenance too since they are drought tolerant.

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