June is the month of blue flowers, or so it seems in our garden. Sadly, we are missing one of my favorites, Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), which was lost to sewer repair. I planted a replacement, but it won’t bloom this year.
Even so, there’s the Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis). Unfortunately, its flowers always close by mid-afternoon. I love the bright golden anthers, they make me think of gold buttons on a blue cape.
Ohio Spiderwort doesn’t run like some other Spiderworts I can name. It just gradually builds sizable clumps. I would like it better if it were a bit shorter and more upright. As it is, I try to give it something to lean on to prevent flopping.
We have a mature Bluestar in the front garden. It grows to the size of a small shrub, much bigger than the hybrid ‘Blue Ice’ in the back. The star-shaped flowers are sky blue.
‘Six Hills Giant’ Catmint (Nepeta x faasenii) is another June bloomer, seen above with Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea).
Hardy Geraniums often come in shades of blue. We have ‘Rozanne’ (above) in a couple of spots. Plus I just planted some ‘Brookside’, which still needs to fill out, along the sunny side of the Driveway Border.
When I call a flower blue I often deploy a bit of gardener’s license. Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ is clearly purple, but it’s my garden and I have declared it to be an honorary blue.
Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ is just starting to flower.
I’ll say again that if someone would make a hat in the color and shape of a ‘Betty Corning’ flower, and in the right size, I would wear that hat. Though I warn you, I have quite a big head.
Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’ grows on the same tuteur with ‘Guernsey Cream’, and starts to bloom just as ‘Guernsey Cream’ starts fading away.
And speaking of Clematis, I’m pleased to report that ‘Jackmanii’ is coming back strong after sustaining some damage during the sewer/driveway construction. It’s just about reached the top of its new trellis.
So I’m expecting a big display of purple ‘Jackmanii’ blooms in a few weeks, though I may choose to call them blue.