Gardening with Blue

It is often the use of colour that gives a garden its particular appeal, whether that be calming or startling. Colour is also that aspect of gardening the allows the gardener to unleash their personality and expression to creat a living work of art.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

How to use blue flowers:

Of all the colors available blue flowers are often the most coveted. This may be because  fewer flowers bloom in the blue tones than say reds, oranges or yellows. Blue is rather unassuming in the garden left to itself  and is often benefited by pairing it with other colors. If you want your blue flowers to stand out, grow them alongside yellow blooms. If you prefer a dreamier look, plant them amongst pastel pinks and mauves. Blue in the garden emits a cool, restful scheme.

I’ve gathered up some photos of the blue plants that I use and enjoy in my garden along with a few that I dream of having someday:

TWENTY FIVE IRRISTIBLE BLUE FLOWERS

Scilla, or squills, are very early bloomers and the bulbs will naturalize well.

Naturalizing Bulbs with Sensible Gardening. SCILLIA

Veronica adds a pocket of blue to the rock garden.

Rock Garden at Sensible Gardening

Iris have several cultivars in the blue tones. This is a dwarf iris that blooms in the early spring.

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Campanula is a diverse group of plants in the blue tones. You can find tall border types as well as low ground covers.

Bell Flower is a Great Plant for Hanging Baskets / Sensible Gardening

Borage is a herb that bees go crazy over. Probably best used in an outer area of a larger garden. This will self seed well.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Globe Thistle is another great plant for the dry border and one that attracts bees from far and wide.

Growing Blue Flowers with Sensible Gardening

Hydrangea bushes are a real staple in the garden. The big blue mop heads are a little more tender than the Paniculata varieties so not all northern gardeners will have success with them.

Growing Blue Flowers with Sensible Gardening

Hybiscus ‘Bluebird’ is a well behaved shrub which blooms in the late summer.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Nigella, Love in a Mist, is an easy to grow annual which produces decorative seed pods. Once you have it in your garden it will self seed itself freely.

Growing a Cutting Garden with Sensible Gardening

Delphinium make great cut flowers. Large perennial specimens, be sure not to let them dry out.

Growing Blue Flowers with Sensible Gardening

Eryngium or Sea Holly is not only striking in the dry garden but also drys well.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Daylily ‘Lavender Blue Baby‘ leans towards the blue tones. At present there are no true blue daylilies.

Daylilies at Sensible Gardening and Living

Double English Primrose are great for the spring border.

Primula Perfection with Sensible Gardening

Nepeta is one of the best bee plants out there. Prune it after the first flush of blooms and it will re-grow and bloom again right up until frost.

Amazing Flowers for your garden with Sensible Gardening

Morning Glory ‘Heavenly Blue’ makes for a beautiful annual climber. I find it works best to plant seeds directly in the garden in early spring.

Blue morning glory at Sensible Gardening and Living

Gentians are probably some of the bluest flowers of all and surely one of my favourites.

Favorite Fall Perennials with Sensible Gardening

Agapanthus makes a bold statement in the garden and also in large containers.

Growing Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Clematis is a beautiful vine with many cultivers to choose from. Lucky for us a few are in the blue tones.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Hepatica is a charming little clump forming perennial for the very early spring garden.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Forget-me-nots are another spring favourite. If you can get these to naturalize over an area it is really stunning.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Scabiosa is a good mid-size border perennial.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Centaurea montana or Corn Flowers blooms for a good part of the summer. Dead head to extend the bloom period.

Gardening with Blue Flowers at Sensible Gardening

Chicory is often found along the roadside but it can be used in an informal garden.

Growing Blue Flowers with Sensible Gardening

Blue Himalayan Poppy is the best of the best. Not the easiet flower to grow but Meconopsis grandis is one to try. These are very difficult to germinate so best to grow from nursery stock.

Growing Blue Flowers with Sensible Gardening

Pansies are so much fun in the garden, popping up here, there and everywhere.

Growing Blue Flowers with Sensible Gardening

MORE BLUE FLOWERS TO TRY:

RUSSIAN SAGE

CARYOPTERIS

LOBELLIA

BLUE FLAX

LARKSPUR

ANEMONE

PULMONARIA

HYACINTH

COMFREY

SWEET PEAS

GERANIUMS

LUPIN

LITHODORA

GLORY OF THE SNOW

CORYDALIS FLEXUOSA

BRUNNERA

GRAPE HYACINTH

ROSEMARY

CEANOTHUS ( for warmer climates )

CAMASSIA

ANCHUSA

SALVIA PATENS

ALLIUM BEESIANUM

PHACELIA

PETUNIA

AGERTUM

MONKSHOOD

BLUE BUGLEWEED

BLUE STAR AMSONIA

BLUE HOUND’S TONGUE

VIRGINIA BLUEBELLS

I’m sure there are many more, especially for wamer gardening zones. If you know of any, let us all know by leaving a comment.

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The garden Blues with Sensible Gardening. Featuring 25 fabulous blue flowers and still counting.


 

 

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