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Caryopteris Hint of Gold


Bluebeard  Blue Spirea

Caryopteris Hint of Gold is a bushy, deciduous shrub that typically grows to a height and spread of about 2 to 3 feet, making it an excellent choice for smaller garden. Bright golden-yellow leaves with a green margin are followed by rich blue flowers from late summer into early autumn.

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Hint of Gold’

Blue Spirea

Caryopteris, commonly known as Bluebeard or Blue Spirea, is a genus of flowering plants celebrated for their attractive foliage and late summer blooms. Among the various cultivars, Caryopteris Hint of Gold stands out for its striking golden foliage and contrasting blue flowers. This plant is a delightful addition to any garden, providing color and interest during the late season when many other plants have finished blooming.

Caryopteris Hint of Gold is a deciduous shrub that typically grows to a height and spread of about 2 to 3 feet, making it an excellent choice for smaller gardens or as part of a mixed border. The most notable feature of this cultivar is its bright, golden-yellow leaves which retain their vibrant color throughout the growing season. The foliage is finely textured, with narrow, lance-shaped leaves that add a delicate, feathery appearance to the plant.

In late summer to early Autumn, Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ produces clusters of small, tubular blue flowers. These blooms are not only visually appealing but also attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, making this plant beneficial for garden biodiversity. The blue flowers create a striking contrast with the golden foliage, enhancing the ornamental value of the shrub.

Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ is relatively easy to grow and is well-suited to a range of garden conditions.  This plant thrives in full sun, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. The bright light is essential for maintaining the vibrant golden color of the foliage and promoting abundant flowering.

Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ prefers well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types, from sandy to loamy, but good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot. While it can handle poor soil conditions, incorporating organic matter can enhance growth and flowering.

Once established, Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ is relatively drought-tolerant. However, regular watering during the first growing season is important to help the plant establish a strong root system. Afterward, it requires minimal supplemental watering, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners. Pruning is beneficial for maintaining the shape and promoting vigorous new growth. It is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cutting back the stems to about 6 inches from the ground encourages a dense, bushy habit and enhances flower production. Some dieback may occur, but the plant generally recovers well in spring. Mulching around the base can provide extra protection during harsh winters.

Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ is a versatile plant that can be used in various garden settings. Its compact size makes it suitable for small gardens, patio containers, and as an accent plant in mixed borders. The vibrant foliage provides a bright spot of color that can complement a wide range of other plants. This shrub pairs beautifully with other late-season bloomers such as asters, sedums, and ornamental grasses. Its golden leaves can also create a striking contrast with darker foliage plants like purple-leaved Heuchera or smoky blue fescue. Additionally, the pollinator-friendly flowers make it an excellent choice for a wildlife or pollinator garden.

Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ is a delightful and versatile addition to any garden, offering both aesthetic appeal and ecological benefits. Its bright golden foliage and contrasting blue flowers create a visual feast that lasts from late summer into fall, a time when many gardens can lack color. Easy to grow and maintain, this plant is well-suited to a variety of garden settings and provides habitat and food for pollinators, enhancing garden biodiversity. For gardeners looking to add a splash of late-season color with minimal effort, Caryopteris ‘Hint of Gold’ is an excellent choice.

Plant Size

9cm, 3 Litre


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