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Blue Butterflies for the Late Summer Garden

By poisondartfrog
September 9, 2014

True-blue flowers can be difficult to find, especially for the late summer garden, when golds and russets begin to dominate the landscape.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Sep 8, 2014 7:48 PM CST
I have two Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Dark Knight' and just love them! They sometimes even multiply by self-layering and I've given away a few starts that way. Thankfully, they do not do this enough to be considered invasive. They are one of the few late bloomers and I love the smell when I grab a stem and crush the leaves.

Vickie
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Sep 8, 2014 8:05 PM CST
I bought the blue glory bower from a small nursery 15 miles from where I live. I just had to buy it! The blue butterflies are so cute! I recently cut them back and am rooting them - hopefully I will have extras to share.
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Name: Alana H
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poisondartfrog
Sep 9, 2014 5:02 AM CST
The "mist flowered" forms of Caryopteris must have a more pleasant foliage fragrance than divaricata. I avoid touching it because it has such a pungent aroma. I'll have to look up Dark Knight. Thank You!
I grew my Glory Bower from seed piksihk, but I'm thinking of taking cuttings and discarding the parent to save room this winter. Thumbs up
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Sep 9, 2014 11:16 AM CST
Yes, definitely do check it out. It has a nice fragrance, but I can't put my finger on exactly what it reminds me of.

I wish I could grow Glory Bower, but I am afraid it would not survive my zone 6b garden.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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