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.
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.
Veronica adds a pocket of blue to the rock garden.
Iris have several cultivars in the blue tones. This is a dwarf iris that blooms in the early spring.
Campanula is a diverse group of plants in the blue tones. You can find tall border types as well as low ground covers.
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.
Globe Thistle is another great plant for the dry border and one that attracts bees from far and wide.
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.
Hybiscus ‘Bluebird’ is a well behaved shrub which blooms in the late summer.
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.
Delphinium make great cut flowers. Large perennial specimens, be sure not to let them dry out.
Eryngium or Sea Holly is not only striking in the dry garden but also drys well.
Daylily ‘Lavender Blue Baby‘ leans towards the blue tones. At present there are no true blue daylilies.
Double English Primrose are great for the spring border.
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.
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.
Gentians are probably some of the bluest flowers of all and surely one of my favourites.
Agapanthus makes a bold statement in the garden and also in large containers.
Clematis is a beautiful vine with many cultivers to choose from. Lucky for us a few are in the blue tones.
Hepatica is a charming little clump forming perennial for the very early spring garden.
Forget-me-nots are another spring favourite. If you can get these to naturalize over an area it is really stunning.
Scabiosa is a good mid-size border perennial.
Centaurea montana or Corn Flowers blooms for a good part of the summer. Dead head to extend the bloom period.
Chicory is often found along the roadside but it can be used in an informal garden.
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.
Pansies are so much fun in the garden, popping up here, there and everywhere.
MORE BLUE FLOWERS TO TRY:
GLORY OF THE SNOW
CEANOTHUS ( for warmer climates )
BLUE STAR AMSONIA
BLUE HOUND’S TONGUE
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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