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A River of Blue Blooms

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by Griffins Garden Centre

Relax with blue-themed gardening.

As previously mentioned, a blue-themed garden bed can create a cool, soothing effect in your garden. Adding a splash of silver or white throughout this bed or container will allow the blue in the flower to pop right out.

Agapanthus (African lily) are summer-flowering perennial plants, grown for their showy flowers, commonly in shades of blue and purple, but also white and pink. They thrive in any well-drained, sunny position in the garden, although you can also grow these beauties in containers.

Blue Agapanthus add an exotic touch to your flower beds and rockeries. On top of that the Agapanthus is a great container plant for larger pots. They thrive even in the most exposed seaside gardens. No need for shelter! Agapanthus thrives in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.

For the best flower displays, feed with a slow release feed when planting and boost with a tomato feed. Water agapanthus plants regularly during the growing season, especially in the first year or when planted in a container.

Buddleja Buzz Sky Blue

A Dwarf Butterfly Bush is great for small gardens and patios. Buddleja Buzz is easy to grow and problem free

with a super long flowering period. Perfectly proportioned for patio pots and smaller gardens, Buddleja is loved for its elegant and fragrant blooms, produced in a profusion right through until autumn. The Buzz™ series is the first-ever patio Buddleja. This selection has wands of cool, sky blue flowers, over a mound of green leaves. Drought tolerant. Excellent for cutting. Removing faded flower heads will encourage plants to continue blooming.

Festuca Elijah Blue Grass

One of the best and most colourful of all blue grasses, Elijah blue is a wonderful dwarf ornamental grass, mostly grown for its superb, evergreen, bright silver-blue foliage. Densely tufted, the foliage of finely textured, blade-like needles forms a neat mound topped with upright flower plumes in summer. This is stunning when planted at the front of a border or en masse for ground cover.

Delphinium Guinevere

Delphinium ‘Guinevere’ produces long spires of pale, lavender-blue blossoms which tower over the garden in early to late summer. Tall delphiniums add drama to mixed beds and borders with their beautiful colours and majestic, imposing height. Their gorgeous blooms also make outstanding cut flowers.

Plant delphiniums in full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. After the flowers fade, promptly cut back the stems to any lower flowering side shoots to encourage extended blooming. A second display of flowers may be produced in mid-autumn. Monitor closely for slugs and snails in spring, as these can damage new growth.

Wonderful Lavender Hidcote

What garden bed is complete without lavender, especially the hardy old fashioned English Lavender, The Hidcote. Lavender Hidcote is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-20 inches tall. With highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers this Lavender is excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets. When planting lavender, ensure you have lots of potting grit around its roots.

Verbena rigida

Every blue garden bed should have verbena bonariensis, a lilac-purple vision beloved by butterflies. But there is a more dazzling, low-growing verbena which produces a three-branched candelabra of deep purple to magenta flowers.

Named Verbena rigida after its upright habit, this front-of-the-border performer, although only a foot or two in height, can outshine almost everything else, particularly in late autumn sunlight. The hundreds of tiny flowers found on each upright head will provide a purple haze from June until October. This is a plant that gives great garden value.

The flowers are very attractive to butterflies and provide nectar for native bees and many beneficial garden insects. Verbena grows best in very well drained soil and likes a good amount of sunshine. It is a trouble-free plant in regard to insects, as it rarely gets attacked by anything.

Granium ‘Rozanne’

As mentioned in the previous article, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ has been voted one of the top 10 plants of the century and it’s grown locally, which is an added bonus. Geraniums are versatile perennials that flower for several months through early summer and are at their best in July. One outstanding cultivar is Geranium ‘Rozanne’, easy to grow and which gives masses of mauve flowers which emerge through the vigorous and lush foliage.

It looks at its best grown among shrubs and taller perennials where its lax habit can be used to full advantage. Best planted in groups of 3, 5, 7 or more. Not much interferes with this geranium, so it is generally trouble free as regards pests and disease!

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For any of your garden queries, email margaret@griffinsgardencentre.ie or Phone 0217337286. Griffins,  Dripsey Co. Cork

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