Newly planted in the garden is Amosonia hubrichtii or Hubricht's blue star....
Bought at the Rare Plant Fair at the Bishop's Palace in early September...it is now planted in the Conservatory border in the space vacated by the Sedum Purple Emperor. Two of the three plants are now out in the front garden.
This Amsonia hurichtii has very finely cut leaves growing up the whole stem, and I am promised clusters of indigo blue buds, opening to grey-blue starry flowers in June. After that the consensus is to cut back to 25cm to encourage fresh growth which will then continue to offer a soft foil for other plants.
I have the autumn butter yellow colour to look forward to in the next few weeks, which will come once we have some frosts. After that it will die down and then emerge in the Spring time. In the meantime in that area are other winter and early spring beauties: snowdrops, cyclamen coum and corydalis Beth Evans etc
This plant, also known as as The Arkansas Blue Star is native to the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas, and named after American biologist Leslie Hubricht, who first dicovered it growing in the wild in the 1940s. The whole genus is named in honour of 18th century Virginian physician Dr Charles Amson.
Chicago Botanic Gardens report has a good guide to the American Amsonias.