When it comes to gardening, blue flowers offer some most striking choices. In a wide range of hues and tones, they can add a splash of color, contrast and interest to any garden. And you can be as creative as you like when it comes to planting them.
Try a cluster of all blue in similar shades or mix it up to give a contrasting range of blues. You can also create a rainbow of color by mixing them in with other flowers.
As with any flowers, blue garden flowers should be planted according to the instructions that come with the plant. If they didn’t come with instructions, a quick online search should help find the information you need.
Remember to buy plants suitable to the conditions of your garden. That way they will thrive and grow as intended. Simple things like planting a sun loving plant in the shade can quickly lead to disappointment. So make sure the soil conditions, position and conditions are right.
Plan out your garden so that you know when the flowers will bloom. This sort of planning means you can plant perennials near each that bloom at different times. The result will be a garden that blooms all season, and possibly all year long. As one lot of perennial blooms finish, another will be coming to their peak.
Remember to take into consideration the height of plants also. Put the taller ones at the back, smaller ones in front, and ground covers or low growing plants at the edge. That way they can all be seen, have room to grow and it will optimize space.
Below is a list of blue garden flowers to consider for your garden to get started with.
Blue Pearl (Polemonuim) – With deep sky blue flowers, this compact plant grows to 10 inches. Blooming in late spring to early summer, it is best planted in well drained soil with partial shade.
Blue Sea Holly – A dramatic plant with long spiked petals and a lavender blue cone flower. Growing to 30 inches, it is best planted in full sun. Blooming in mid to late summer, Blue Sea Holly is ideal for drying and using in dried arrangements.
Butterfly Blue (Delphinium) – Blooming in early to mid summer, this plant features bright blue delicate flowers. It prefers a sunny spot in moist, rich soil and reaches 10 inches.
Blue Carpet (Campanula) – With bright blue to lilac colored flowers, Blue Carpet is at its best in the middle of summer. It will bloom for weeks and grows to 4 inches. Low growing, it prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
Blue Buckle (Penstemon) – With tubular shaped blooms colored blue to purple, this plant flowers in mid summer to early fall. It will grow to 15 inches with full or partial sun and prefers well-drained soil.
Hydrangea – These distinctive shrubs have big blue clumps of flowers through most of summer. The flowers turn a golden color in fall. This plant is suited to shade, partial sun or full sun in rich soil.
Vinca – Glossy green leaves and blue flowers create a carpet with this low growing plant. It blooms in mid spring, grows to about 6 inches tall and tolerates most soil conditions in both shade or sun.
Bronze Beauty (Ajuga) – A fast grower, this short bushy plant features spikes of blue flowers. It is a perfect ground cover or for growing in raised beds that blooms in spring. Bronze Beauty prefers a shady aspect.
Scabiosa – Blooms from mid summer to early fall. It features lavender blue flowers and is a bushy perennial. Plant in full sun to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Babylon Blue (Verbena) – An early spring bloomer with purple blue flowers This one is ideal for planters and window boxes.
Try some of the above blue garden flowers for a colorful and beautiful addition to your garden.