Blue Flowers: Blue Planting Schemes

To create a ‘cool’ atmosphere try a blue border, using blue-flowered perennials, shrubs, bulbs, annuals and bedding plants. Also include some white and cream flowers, not forgetting plenty of bluish or greyish foliage plants.

PERENNIALS

There are plenty of these for the blue border: in winter there is Iris unguicularis followed, in spring. By Brunnera macrophylla and Pulmonaria angustifolia.

Summer perennials should include Aconitum napellus ‘Bressingham Spire’, Agapanthus ‘Headbourne Hybrids’, Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’, Campanula lactiflora, Ceratostigma willmottianum (flowers into autumn), Cynoglossum nervosum (takes light shade), Delphinium ‘Pacific Hybrids’, Echinops ritro, Eryngium planum, Iris germanica ‘Patterdale’, Iris sibirica ‘Persimmon’ (likes moist soil), Meconop-sis betonicifolia (moist soil and light shade), and Veronica gentianoides.

SHRUBS FOR SPRING

These include Ceanothus ‘Delight’, Rhododendron augustinii (acid soil), Rhododendron scintillans (acid soil), and the climber Wisteria floribunda ‘Macrobotrys’.

SHRUBS FOR SUMMER

Can include Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Wave’ (prefers a moist soil and shade), Lavandula angustifolia ‘Grappenhall’, Perovskia atriplicifo-lia ‘Blue Spire’ and Rosmarinus officinalis.

SPRING BULBS

Almost essential are Chionodoxa luciliae, hyacinth ‘Delft Blue’ and Muscari ‘Heavenly Blue’. These could be grown with spring-flowering Myosotis (forget-me-not) ‘Royal Blue’ (ideal for shade), and polyanthus Blue Triumph Strain (suitable for shade and moist soil).

SUMMER BEDDING PLANTS

Recommended are Ageratum ‘Blue Mink’, Lobelia ‘Cambridge Blue’ and pansy ‘Azure Blue’. With these could be included hardy annuals Anchusa ‘Blue Angel’, Centaurea cyan us (cornflower) ‘Blue Diadem’, Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’ and Salvia patens.

BLUEGROUPS

Spring: a carpet of Pulmonaria angustifolia or Brunnera macrophylla with bulbs such as muscari growing around or through them.

Summer: Delphinium ‘Pacific Hybrids’ (blue) near a specimen of the small grey-leaved tree Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’. In front of these, groups of blue irises for early flowers and agapanthus for late blooms.

Summer: hostas with bluish or greyish foliage, like H. sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, with the blue poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia. Ideal for a moist shady spot.

14. August 2013 by admin
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