Friday, May 25, 2012

I've got the Blues

Blue flowers that is.

Blue flowers are some of the most highly sought-after flowers in the garden and it certainly is one of my favorite colors. Although a lot of flowers are labeled "blue"  what I call true blue is a relatively rare color.
Here are some of my favorite blues. I'll cheat a little and include a few of the purple-blue flowers too.

Blue Flax

Blue Flax is a lovely, airy plant with blue-green foliage and true sky blue flowers. Buds open shortly after sunrise and last just part of the day depending on how sunny the day is. Each bloom lasts only a day but the plant is loaded with new buds for the next day.



Another gorgeous blue flower is Nigella.....
aka as "Love-in-a-Mist"

Nigella is an annual that self seeds and blooms in varying shades of light blue to a darker periwinkle color.. The plant has lacey fern-like foliage and a unique mist of fennel-like bracts surrounding the flower.

Bluestar Amsonia
A rather uncommon perennial, Amsonia has powdery ice blue star-shaped flowers that bloom in clusters on tall stems. This plant takes full sun to part shade and turns a beautiful golden yellow in the fall. A very low maintenance plant it deserves a place in my garden.

Veronica Georgia Blue
This is a great ground cover or edging plant. It forms a nice mat and doesn't get invasive or out of control. The flowers are a beautiful cobolt blue and resemble Forget-Me Nots. This ground cover does a good job of blocking out weeds and does well in hot, dry conditions. Also pretty in containers.

Veronica "Crater Lake Blue"
I love the intense blue color of this plant but bloom time is very short. Most Veronica's prefer full sun but will tolerate a little shade.

Siberian Iris
A more purple blue flower but it has a blue center so I'll include it here.

Baptisia Australis
Or more commonly known as Blue False Indigo, is a standout because of it's striking blue colors. It's a member of the pea family as you can see by the resemblance of it's foliage and flowers. It takes a few years for this plant to get established and start blooming but it's worth the wait. Blooms are followed by 2-3 inch long black seed pods giving this plant another interesting element.
Do you have a favorite blue flower?


  1. Very pretty blue blooms. That Nigella is really a lovely flower.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Very pretty, Pearl. I love the 'blues' of spring. The only blues we have blooming now I think are some of our Pansies....

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend--and stay cool (going to be almost 90 here).. Yipes!!!