Friday, September 11, 2009

The Caryopteris on Korean Hill are beautiful this week

They are one of the joys of late summer/autumn. They're sold, sometimes as shrubs and sometimes as perennials. Better though if cut back hard every spring they're long lived and make few demands. A bit of water in the summer when it doesn't rain is all they need. There's a pink cultivar that we have in China Valley and it's attractive, but I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want blue. There is also a nice variegated selection, 'Snow Fairy'; there are some growing just up the road from this planting in the triangular island bed.

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