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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catmint, Blue Fescue and Sedum Reflexum Blue Spruce
Sea holly Eryhgium planum and Sedum sarmentosum graveyard moss
Sea Holly although it behaves like a prairie plant is not native. It has however been in North America since the 1800’s. I love it for its true blue color. This small thistle like plant has round umbels with bright steel blue flowers and blue-green bracts, on bright blue stems. The color, although quite bright blue also appears somewhat silvery; so this plant is wonderful in the moon garden and as a backdrop for white flowers. This is one of those plants that will live nearly anywhere, but it is best in full sun and sandy or poor soil and not too wet. If placed in shade or overly rich soil it tends to get bigger and flop over. In preferred conditions it stays about 2 feet tall, fuller and upright. This plant is very drought tolerant once established and is also ignored by deer. It is a super easy care free plant, just cut the taller stems from the basil leaves once a year. I usually do it very late in fall. The plant dries really well and holds its color when dried. If using it for wreaths and arrangements wait until the stems and flowers develop their brightest color.