Becky, what do you have in blue flowers? Here are some examples, I will share till I have all 20 posted. Blue isn't a color that is used a lot in nature. Can you id these plants? Answers at the end of the article. GOOD luck...
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Good morning, the temperature at 7:30 AM is at 22 degrees and lots of clouds. It would be awesome to see the sun but doesn’t look like today. Stay warm.
I found this article about true blue flowers. One of the colors in nature that doesn’t have very many of them. There are 20 but I will share 5 at a time. Do you recognize them?
Considered the Holy Grail of the garden, no color is more challenging to find in the plant world than true blue. Supposedly, only 10% of all the flowers on Earth are blue! Here are 20 beautiful blue flowers—with pictures to gaze upon!
Many plants marketed as blue are actually closer to purple. Petunias are a prime example. True blue is a pure blue hue that isn’t shaded with black, white, or any other color. This color is rarely found in nature because few organisms can create the true-blue pigment.
Why We Love Blue in the Garden
Blue makes us think of water and sky, giving a cooling touch to the landscape. It is a calming color, making a garden full of blue the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day.
Since bright colors jump forward and dark colors recede, planting deep blues on the far ends of your garden will make them seem farther away.
When integrating blues into your garden, separate them from each other.
Create color echoes by looking for blue in a contrasting eye, throat, or stripe and pairing it with a totally blue blossom in a matching hue to highlight it.
Gray foliage goes well with blue, and some of the most popular color combinations include blue: blue, pink, and white; blue and yellow; or light blue and apricot.
True Blue Flowers for the Garden
Make room for some of these blue blossoming plants in your garden:
Bulbs That Produce Blue Flowers
Aptly called Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxa bloom very early, often pushing up through snow cover. Their sky-blue blossoms start the season right. Inexpensive, the tiny bulbs are perfect for naturalizing.
4 to 8 inches tall
Full to half-day sun
Zones 3 to 10
Blooms in April
2. Grape hyacinths
The tiny grape hyacinths continue the color, blossoming a little later in the spring. Fragrant Muscari aucheri ‘Blue Magic’ is a two-tone blue and is just one of the many true blues in this plant family. Varieties of M. armeniacum are generally a darker blue.
6 to 8 inches tall
Full to part sun
Zones 4 to 9
Blooms in May
Annual Blue Flowers
Annuals bring long-lasting color to your garden. Deadhead the fading blossoms to prolong the show. The following annuals should bloom from spring to fall.
3. Bachelor’s buttons
Also called cornflower, Bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus) come in a range of colors, so unless you want a mix, look for ‘Blue Boy’ or ‘Florist Blue Boy.’ The blossoms make a great cut flower or edible garnish. Leave a few to seed out at the end of the summer, and they may self-sow, returning next year.
2 to 3 feet tall
With its star-shaped blue blossoms, borage is edible with a mild cucumber flavor. An annual herb, it is a good companion for tomatoes, cabbage, squash, and strawberries when planted in the vegetable garden. It also attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects. Another willing self-sower, if left to form seeds, the plants will pop up all over your garden next spring.
18 to 30 inches tall
Borage is beloved by pollinators and is a wonderful companion herb.
Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’ and ‘Blue Bedder’ are the two true blue salvias we grow to sell to florists and put in our bouquets, but I am sure there are others. The 6 to 8-inch long spikes of blossoms keep coming until a hard frost kills the plant.
18 to 24 inches tall
Full sun to part shade
Transplant or direct sow
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/20-true-blue-flowers-your-garden
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa email@example.com 641-794-3337 cell 641-903-9365