Blue Garden

Blue Garden
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When asked, many gardeners report that blue is their favorite color. So why not a garden that showcases blue-flowering plants?

Not enough variety? In fact, you can plan and design the area to pop with color straight from the wild blue yonder and fresh blossoms that will astonish, every month from spring to late fall. 

Blue garden from March until Early Summer

Bulbs such as crocuses, grape hyacinths, glories-of-the-snow, and scilla are the first to herald the growing season after wintertime. Dwarf, Siberian, and bearded irises emerge right on their heels. The light-blue flowers of vinca minor make an ideal groundcover for full or partial-shade habitats, blooming from March to June. From May on, there are a variety of rhododendrens and azaleas that set a lovely blue color. Remember, these love acidic soil. This kind of location is also great for some types of hortensia that blossom in clear blue tones starting in June.

Columbine is one of the first taller perennials to display its majesty in the warm season. This herbaceous plant grows many years and comes in an array of blues. The alpine columbine, for example, carries luminously pure to purple-blue flowers measuring up to 4 inches across on plants 2 feet tall.

Early summer phlox brings a touch of glamour with lush blossoms that unfurl in early May. The most well known exemplars are woodland and creeping phloxes. Both are excellently suited to the borders of a narrow perennial bed, or to the understory for taller ornamentals. The varieties of blue woodland phlox are the most readily available and are known as Sweet William for their fragrance.

For their part, geraniums encompass about 300 varieties, including one, ‘Johnson’s Blue,’ that displays one of the clearest blue tones on plants just under 2 feet tall.


No taboos

Particularly small garden can benefit from the use of many blue tones, which have a calming effect and lend an area the impression of added depth. Even when many tones tend towards mauve or blue-violet, it’s all about the right mix! Play with different heights, forms, and sizes, as well as different blue tones, for allure and variety.

Above all, don’t become dogmatic when selecting colors for a theme garden, since many blue tones aren’t at their best until paired with the right complimentary color or white. A couple of yellow lilies, for example, should not be considered taboo in your blue garden.

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