Stay Cool With These Blue Flowering Plants

The color blue is equated with cool temperatures. Water is often depicted as blue. The sky is blue.

Blue is also calming. Seeing blue relaxes the mind. It is soothing.

When used in the landscape, blue tends to draw the eye out, making spaces feel longer.

Interestingly enough, only ten percent of all flowering plants on earth are blue. So, enjoy these 11 as you consider them for your garden.

Platycodon ‘Astra Blue’ – Balloon Flower

Why is it called the Balloon Flower? Because its flower buds puff up like balloons before blooming. The flower itself has big bell-shaped flowers with five pointed lobes.

 

 

Pulmonaria ‘Twinkle Toes’ – Lungwort

One of our all time favorites! Impressive spring flowers and unique foliage. Dainty blue bell-shaped flowers in the mid-spring and, heart-shaped dark green leaves with the unique silver spotted pattern to be enjoyed by everyone who comes across it.

 

 

Echinops ritro ‘Platinum Blue’ – Small Globe Thistle

This is a bold, tall, highly ornamental perennial plant. The Ball-shaped globes of 3″ lavender-blue flowers are held above on silvery stems, providing low maintenance late summer color.

 

 

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Blue Mist’ – Bluebeard

This shrub is 2 to 4 feet tall and wide, creating a big impact even in a small space. As a long, glorious hedge, it is breathtaking. Butterflies cannot resist these blue blooms, adding even more color to the garden!

 

 

Brunnera macrophylla – Siberian Bugloss

This woodland plant is valued for its flowers and ground covering leaves. Terminal clusters of delicate blue flowers appear in spring.

 

 

 

Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ – Speedwell

The 1993 Perennial plant of the year, Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ features upright spikes of dark violet-blue flowers that bloom from early summer to frost. A great cut flower!

 

 

 

Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells

A valued native plant in the mid-atlantic region and also perfect for the garden. An early season bloomer that is sure to delight.

 

 

 

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blue Hill’ – Wood Sage

This upright clump-forming perennial has pure blue flowers that last from late spring to summer. Leaves are aromatic. Attracts butterflies! So much to offer.

 

 

 

Buddleja ‘Blue Chip’ – Butterfly Bush

An easy to grow care-free dwarf shrub, Buddleja ‘Blue Chip’ features blue spike-like terminal flowers that bloom summer to fall without deadheading. Butterflies love these fragrant flowers!

 

 

 

Iris pallida – Dalmation Iris

A semi-evergreen rhizomatous bearded iris, Iris pallida features sword-shaped gray-green leaves with scented soft blue flowers with a yellow beard in the late spring to early summer.

 

 

 

Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’ – Speedwell

A low, growing mound-forming perennial, Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’ features lavender-blue flowers that bloom in the late spring with shiny green foliage that has a tinge of burgundy.

 

 

 

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