Plant of the Week: Caryopteris

Plant of the Week: Caryopteris

When planted in groups, this easy-going, drought-tolerant little shrub makes lovely airy clouds of sky-blue flowers, floating like a haze above the border. For that alone it's worth growing: but it also has deliciously scented foliage, a little like lavender, and beautiful architectural seed heads to dry and use in winter floral arrangements.

C. x clandonensis 'Heavenly Blue' is one of the deepest blues, while 'Worcester Gold' has golden foliage and the leaves of 'White Surprise' are edged in white. Give your caryopteris a sunny spot in free-draining soil and it'll reach around 1m tall and wide: prune once a year in spring to keep it neat. 

Get water-wise

Droughts are a fact of life in UK gardens these days, so beat next year's hosepipe bans by investing in extra water butts to catch the winter rains. You'll find them in practical slimline shapes and attractive finishes including oak and terracotta at your garden centre now.

Garden Buildings Surrey

Ripley Nurseries has an extensive range of garden buildings ready to view! any style any size built to order. Visit our garden centre near Guildford & Woking to look at our range of garden sheds & summer houses. After visiting our display garden buildings be sure to visit our Farm Shop for your local fruits & veg. Serving the local community since 1895 Wisley, Send, Horsley, Clandon, Cobham, Byfleet, Esher, Woking, Weybridge & surrounding areas.

Sowing and growing annual herbs

Big pots of leafy, flavoursome and generous annual herbs sat just outside the back door where you can reach out and pick them for your cooking are one of the delights of your Ripley kitchen garden. When you grow your own, you can have as big a bunch of parsley as you want: and even better…

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