5 Of My Favorite Blue Flowers
My Plumbago In Full Bloom
Everyone has their favorite color. Mine is blue. I buy a lot of blue clothes, and my house is decorated in blue with white accents. I even painted my kitchen blue. I sponge painted the ceiling to look like the clear, blue sky. I even painted white clouds in the sky. I drive a blue car.
Did you know our preference for color is directly related to our personalities? The traits for a person who likes blue are very similar to my personality: If blue is your favorite color you are conservative, reliable and trustworthy - you are quite trusting of others although you are very wary in the beginning until you are sure of the other person. At the same time, you also have a deep need to be trusted.
You are not impulsive or spontaneous - you always think before you speak and act and do everything at your own pace in your own time. You take time to process and share your feelings.
You are genuine and sincere, and you take your responsibilities seriously.
Having a personality color blue means you have a deep need for peace and harmony in your everyday life - you don't like having your feathers ruffled. You would benefit from daily meditation and quiet time for reflection, introspection and self-discovery.
My love of blue is shown in my garden, too. My very favorite blue flower is the Plumbago. This is a beautiful plant that loves the heat and humidity of Summer. It is not a “thirsty” plant, which is another reason I enjoy growing Plumbago. It is what I like to call “an easy keeper”.
Plumbago blooms non-stop year round here in South Florida. I have never seen any pest or disease on my Plumbago, either. It does bloom best in full sun, but it doesn’t seem to mind the shade. I have one planted underneath a huge oak tree.
The birds like to congregate at the base of this Plumbago where the plant gets very dense and thick. It will keep your yard full of butterflies all summer. My Plumbago makes a beautiful specimen shrub and has a height of about four feet. I like the way it grows with the boughs extending over the ground. The Plumbago is also known as Skyflower because of its blue color.
As you can see by my photos, the Plumbago grows on heavy stems ending in a cluster of tiny little blossoms. These can be cut and placed in a vase to enjoy in the house. They will last for at least a week after they are cut.
The flowers are very sticky! When my little dog, Baby, goes underneath my Plumbago to retrieve her tennis ball, she will come out covered in tiny little flowers. Plumbago can be used in borders, and I have seen them used in a single line to serve as a privacy hedge when they are planted close together.
Plumbago can also be used as a porch or patio container plant that will spill over the sides.
So, if you live in a warm climate, USDA plant hardiness zone 9 to 11, consider planting Plumbago for a lovely blue flower.
The Plumbago is very easy to propagate, too. Just remove a stem from a plant, use Roottone (or a similar product to enhance rooting, and place the stem into a pot filled with good potting soil. In a couple of weeks you will see a brand new plant!
The Blue Morning Glory
The Morning Glory Against My Wooden fence
The Blue Morning Glory
My second favorite blue flower is the Morning Glory.
Each Spring, I buy several packages of Morning Glory seeds. Since I am partial to the color blue, I choose packages of only blue flowers. If you like a nice variety of colors, you can choose to plant the multicolor seeds. These seeds are very hard, and must be soaked in water overnight. Some gardeners make a cut in the seed to help them germinate quicker before soaking them in the water. They will grow in sandy soil which makes them ideal for my soil which consists mostly of sand.
Many of these flowers will “self-seed” in the garden, which is an extra bonus. The Morning Glory should be planted after the danger of any frost anywhere, but here in the South, we enjoy them year round.
I like to plant them along my wooden fence in view of my screened in porch. I enjoy my morning coffee there, and it is such a joy to watch the Morning Glories open up every morning from their sleep at night. This is truly a miracle of nature. You can almost watch the petals of the Morning Glory fold inward for the night; only to return the next morning in full bloom!
I suppose that is why they are called Morning Glory!
A Blue Clematis
If you would like a blue vine to grow, look no further than the Clematis. These vines can climb up to 12 feet. They like the full sun, and like a moist, well-drained soil.
The recommended growing zones for the Clematis are 3-9, and although I am outside that zone, I have been very successful in growing this blue vine.
I have never tried to grow Clematis from seed (I am told this is very difficult). I buy it already planted in a large pot from the plant nursery. I can be assured I am getting my favorite color of blue since the plant will already have a pretty blossom.
Bluestar, as you might guess, is a perfect fit for blue flowers. This is a delightful, delicate annual that produces clusters of blue flowers. It is very heat and drought resistance, which makes it a perfect choice for my flower garden.
I have one area in my yard that I use just for annuals. This is where I sow seeds for Zinnias and Marigolds along with the Blue Star. This flower is just beautiful when it blooms among the many colors of the other annuals.
I will enjoy these annuals until the Fall. They require more in the way of weeding and watering, but they are worth the extra work to be able to grow them.
Bluestar grows up to two feet tall, and they make a wonderful cut flower to bring indoors. These grow well in Zones 3-9.
The Blue Hydrangea
No discussion of my favorite blue flowers would be complete without my memories of the Hydrangeas. Mother always had Hydrangeas growing among her many flowers. She taught me how to make their color change from pink to blue by adding coffee grounds to the soil.
If Hydrangeas are grown in alkaline soil they will bloom pink, so if you want them to bloom blue, the soil will need to be more acid. If you aren’t sure about your soil, take a sample to have it tested at the local Agricultural center.
Organic acidifiers can be purchased made specifically for Hydrangeas. Just keep in mind: Pink blooms need alkaline soil; blue blooms require acid soil.
Hydrangeas come in types that can flourish in sun or shade. They have huge bouquets of clustered flowers and can be purchased in different varieties to get the size, color, and blooming times you want in your garden.
The Hydrangea grows best in Zones 3-9. Our climate in S. Florida is much too hot for them. I miss this beautiful flower, but my friends who live in colder climates can certainly enjoy them.
We always had a large glass vase of cut Hydrangeas on the dining room table.
My Rare Blue Orchid
Purchase A Blue Plumbago
I have been a gardener for many years. To be successful in growing flowers, sometimes it is just done by "trial and error". I tried growing flowers I grew and loved when I lived in a colder climate, and I insisted in trying them in our tropical climate.
Now, I consult the Zone map to be sure the plants I want to grow will thrive in my climate. I would suggest you do the same. It may save you time, effort and money in the long run.
I love flowers of all colors, but blue flowers are my favorites!
Do You Like Blue Flowers?
I invite you to read more of my gardening articles
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