Caryopteris ‘First Choice’
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’ is different from other varieties because of its tight branching habit and deep, deep blue late-summer flower spikes. Unlike many others in this species, 'First Choice' exhibits compact mounds of dark green foliage and fragrant, dark purplish-blue flowers. Inky-blue buds burst open to reveal these distinguished blooms a few weeks earlier than the all of the other cultivars, beginning in midsummer and lasting thru early fall. They can also be cut for bouquets that will last a week or longer.
Caryopteris is a woody perennial that grows to be the size of a small shrub. In fact, it can be used in place of shrubs in the landscape. Allow it plenty of space to achieve maximum impact.
This late bloomer is especially valuable because it looks its best when many other perennials are done for the season. When planted in mass, it will surely catch everyone's attention, and the foliage will remain fresh-looking all summer long due to its drought tolerance. Caryopteris is also a superb shrub for providing nectar for butterflies and other pollinators. Plant in non-clay soils and irrigate deeply but infrequently.
Origin: United Kingdom
Description / Plant Notes:
• USDA Zone 5. (-20°F or -28°C).
• Tidy compact habit
• Elegant silver foliage
Patent Status: US Plant Patent: #11,958