Blue Blooms Smiling At Me
We are now in that transitional stage between the spring and summer flowers. Lots and lots of foliage and buds, and lots of green. Beyond green, it seems that the dominant color right now is blue. This is not due to any planning on my part, it just worked out that way.
The King of Blue right now in my garden is wild indigo (Baptisia australis). This native member of the pea family is long-lived and gets quite substantial. It’s another plant that seems to be smaller this year than normal, and I’ve only had to do very light staking to keep it from flopping.
It’s also a huge favorite of the bumble bees. There are definitely more bees this year than last, and sometimes I think they are all hanging around the wild indigo.
As always, they are lots of fun to watch. I’m always fascinated by the yellow clumps of pollen in the pollen baskets.
The blue star in the back garden is just about done blooming, but the blue star in the front (Amsonia tabernaemontana) is still going. The blue star has also been more compact than usual this year and has not needed any staking.
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ is floriferous as usual in June. I’ve got it repeated in several spots around the front garden. You can have your fancy ‘Rozanne’, I say, just give me good old ‘Johnson’s Blue’, even if it does get a bit sprawly.
Here’s JB in the front Island Bed with some wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).
And here’s a close up of the flowers.
Geranium renardii ‘Tschelda’ is another blue hardy geranium in my front garden. This year it is looking healthy enough (I love the felty foliage), but there is only one cluster of flowers. They’re nice flowers, but even so.
Salvias are also adding a lot of blue to the garden. Along the sidewalk border there are a mix of Salvias – ‘May Night’, ‘Blue Hill’, and ‘East Friesland’. The Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) is still blooming at the far end, providing a nice contrast.
In the parkway bed there are clumps of Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, which is maybe more purple than blue but still a very good Salvia that stays upright.
Finally, I should mention the Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex), which I am growing this year in both borders and containers. If Florida and such places this is a terrible invasive, but in Chicago it can only survive as an annual. I like thd blue/purple petunia-like flowers combined with the upright habit (this plant is not actually related to petunias).
Thanks to all these plants, the front garden is full of blue dots and dashes. (Oh, and I forgot to mention the Nepeta!)
Do you have blue flowers blooming in your garden right now?