It has been too cold, and the cold is here to stay for awhile. I'm feeling blue. Hopefully this passes soon. My husband told me I need to get planting more seeds! One of my loves is blue flowers. There aren't many true blue flowers out there. There are many violet blue flowers, and I love them too especially campanulas(bluebells,) but they don't make me sigh like true blue flowers. Mertensia virginica(Virginia Bluebells) is a wonderful spring ephemeral that more people should grow. ( A spring ephemeral is a plant that after blooming in the spring goes dormant for the summer.) It doesn't require much of anything to do exceptionally well. Since it goes dormant during the summer, drought is not a problem. I have mine beneath a large shrub rose that itself is in a semi-shade location. It is well behaved developing in to a larger clump slowly.
Alpine Hyacinths(Brimeura amethystina) is another true blue that is often unknown to many gardeners. It is a spring flowering bulb. It blooms mid May here. It is diminutive, but at the edge of a walk like in my garden, it is quite pretty. It will reseed if conditions are right. I have more than the few I planted years ago, and I happily saw a new one blooming across the walk this spring.
One more blue to help take away the winter blues... Salvia 'Cambridge Blue'
This is one heck of a pretty annual. It really shines August to frost like many salvias seem to do. It is drought resistant and performs well in pots. Seed saving is a bit of a pain with this plant, so it is often high priced seed in catalogs or difficult to find in trade. Since the flowers bloom in succession, not all the seed ripens at the same time. Once seed is ripe though, it falls fairly quickly from the plant. So one must check often for seed, but it is well worth the trouble to have seed to grow this plant every year. Other true blue(or pretty darn close!) flowers I grow: Anchusa 'Blue Angel'(annual) and 'Loddon Royalist'(perennial) Forget-me-nots, Myosotis(perennial), and Cynoglossum amabile(annual) Echium 'Blue Bedder'(annual), and Viper Bugloss(biennial) Centaurea(Bachelor Buttons, annual) Nigella(Love-in-a-Mist, annual) Delphinium Lithodora Penstemon Pulmonaria(Lungwort) Borage(annual) Brunnera macrophylla, species and 'Jack Frost' Iris reticulata Allium azurea aka Allium caeruleum Salvia 'Black and Blue', and other Salvias Veronica 'Crater Lake Blue' and 'Royal Blue'
All this writing about blue flowers has made me feel better! I need to go plant more seeds as my husband said and I might really start to smile. If you know of any other true blues I must grow, please let me know!