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Iris MDB Blue Doll

By B. Warburton, R&I – 1958

This cute little MDB iris grows to 6 inches and has a light purplish blue self, with a light violet spot on the falls.  The beard is white. Will form nice little patches. She won an award in 1959.

Parentage:  Pigmy Gold x April Morn



Iris SDB Tanzanite

By Smith 2009

Neither words nor photos can describe the beauty of this little blue violet iris.  He blooms early and can be 11 inches tall but is shorter for me on sandy soil.  He is very ruffled with falls that are held wide.  The blue violet color intensifies around the snow white beards, where a white eyelash pattern is also seen.  A light spicy fragrance is a bonus.


Hosta Hadspen Blue

By Eric Smith and Paul Aden – 1976

A medium sized blue hosta that has thick cupped 7 inch leaves. I can best describe it as a powdery dark steel blue.  Lavender flowers appear on 2 foot scapes in July. Still a great hosta after 25 years.

Parentage:  tardiflora x sieboldiana ‘Elegans



Hosta Chesapeake Bay

By Olga Petryszyn – 2004   

This large blue hosta can be 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when fully mature. The large leaves can be folded or wavy and corrugated. Near white flowers appear on 2.5 inch scapes in July. 

Parentage:  (‘Maui Rains’ x ‘Blue Arrow’) x ‘Blue Betty Lou  


Hosta Abiqua Moonbeam

By Walden West – 1987 This hosta is a beautiful sport of August Moon. It is a medium sized clump that will make a 2.5 to 3 foot clump when mature. It is a mossy blue/green with a limey yellow edge and is heavily corrugated. The round heart shaped leaves are thick to stand up to slugs. Pale lavender to near white flowers appear in July and August on 15 inch scapes.




Iris Blue Denim

By Warburton – 1958

I just love the color of this historic Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB) Iris. It’s a true sky blue, the ruffled falls and standards are the same color but there is noticeable darker blue veining throughout and a yellow beard for accent.  This Iris pumila is about 12 inches tall and is great for the rock garden or front of the border.

Parentage:  ‘Great Lakes ‘ X ( ‘April Morn’ x unknown)



Pulmonaria saccharata—Mrs. Moon

This plant has nearly everything going for it including multiple names.  It is also called Lungwort or Bethlehem Sage.  Pulmonaria has pretty pink bell shaped flowers appearing in April and May, then turn blue as they age.  But even after the flowers are gone the leaves bring beauty to the garden.  They are fuzzy and green and have white or silver spots.  The leaves are semi-evergreen, persisting well after frost.  If they start to look ragged just remove them and new ones will fill in.  The plant is only about 10 inches tall but spreads to form a patch.  This tough plant tolerates sun or shade and very dry or over wet conditions.  It also is deer and rabbit resistant.  Note:  Although this is a super tough plant and does well shipping bare root, you should know that it is one that wilts when it is dug.  So, it will arive without foliage and should be planted as soon as possible and watered regularly until established.



Iris Ensata Sky Wings

By Peck – 1971

Siberian Iris Sky Wings

Siberian Iris Sky Wings

Sky Wings has a gorgeous sky blue flower with a yellow throat topping sword like dark green foliage that remains attractive throughout the growing season and also has beautiful rusty fall color. It is 2 ½ – 3 feet tall and is very hardy (down to zone 2) and vigorous. It prefers moist conditions, but will do fine in average garden soil.


Siberian Iris – Laughing Brook

By Waite – 1984

Siberian iris laughing brook and Iris Wabash

Siberian iris laughing brook and Iris Wabash

This Siberian iris can be quite tall in fertile moist soil (up to 3 feet).  It will be shorter, but still bloom like crazy, on sandy soils. The electric blue blooms will appear inky in certain light and have a reddish or velvet purple sheen at other times of the day. The signals are white with a distinct black penciling. They are vigorous and floriferous, blooming at the same time as the tall bearded iris. The sword like dark green foliage remains attractive long after the blooms fade and even becomes a rusty accent for the winter garden.



SedumReflexum Blue Spruce

This little sedum forms a dense mat of blue foliage that looks like mini Christmas trees. A ground cover for any sunny spot it looks great from early spring to late fall, but it June it develops 8” stems that are topped with bright yellow flowers. Really easy maintenance is its middle name. All you have to do is remove the flower stems after bloom. It will flourish in almost any soil and is great for containers, walls and paths as well.



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