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Paint it Blue - blue flowers for your garden

Plants with blue flowers add a calm, cooling splash of color to your landscape. Choose from these easy-care perennials, annuals, shrubs, vines, and bulbs that bloom in various shades of blue.

Blue is a color that comes in many different shades, and can compliment just about any home garden or landscaped area of your home. But which blue flowers should you plant?

  • Platycodon grandiflorus or Balloon FlowerAn easy-to-grow perennial that gets its name from the puffed-up, balloon-like buds they form before blooming into star-shaped flowers.
  • Felica ammeloides or Kingfisher Daisy – A indigenous herbaceous perennials that grow quickly and produce the classic daisy blooms we know and love– just in a pretty blue color!
  • Viola ordorata or Sweet Violet – The sweet violet may be a common sight in gardens, but its purple-blue blooms are uniquely spectacular. Its leaves are heart-shaped, topped with white-throated blue blossoms.
  • Evolvulus glomoratus or Dwarf Morning Glory – a gorgeous ,herbaceous perennial plant that grows flowers that are lavender to blue. These plants adore the sunlight and will drink it in all day, closing at nightfall– similar to the morning glory.
  • Muscari hybrids or Grape Hyacints – low-growing bulb that develop adorable, tiny, bell-shaped flowers that grow in clusters– much like grapes. Great for you winter garden.
  • Hydrangea macrophylla or Blue Cristmast Flower – If you want to grow blue hydrangeas, you will have to pay attention to the pH levels of the soil; highly acidic soils produce blue flowers, while more alkaline soil produces pink flowers.
  • Agapanthus africanus or blue Nile Lily -The lily of the Nile is bright, showy, and alluring, coming in gorgeous shades of blue to blue-purple. These flowers absolutely love the sun and will need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day.
  • Scabiosa columbaria or Pincussion Flower – A compact perennial forming clumps of flowers, blooming with blue blossoms for a very long time– from late spring to the first frost.
  • Plumbago auriculatat – A resilient and attractive scrambling shrub that is versatile and used in gardens throughout the world.  It has delicate, pale green leaves and produces masses of powder blue flowers throughout summer.
  • Buddleja salviifolia or Butterly BushOne of the toughest indigenous shrubsBuddleja salviifolia is evergreen with attractive grey-green leaves. It bears lovely clusters of fragrant, blue flowers in late winter or early spring.

Blue is truly a regal, gorgeous color that can bring a lot of life and joy into your garden. Now that you know the basics of how to care for many of these fantastic flowers, why not bring some into your home and see for yourself just how wonderful they are?

Join us this Friday 27 May 2022 for our FREE online workshop on: ‘Paint it Blue – Blue Flowers for your Garden’, with Garden Guru Sue Both. 

Please use the following login details to join us at 11am sharp over Zoom:

Meeting ID: 953 1373 5719

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or use the following direct link: https://bit.ly/3GlENu7