Cool Off Your Summer Garden with Blue Flowers

Cannas are great for garden drama, but with the summer heat waves you may not be so excited about those orange flowers.

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Cannas are great for garden drama, but with the summer heat waves you may not be so excited about those orange flowers. 

Wouldn’t you rather look at blue? Blue -- watery, refreshing, calming and rare

The most elusive of flower colors, blue can be the object of a life-long quest for gardeners.

One of the oddball things in the horticultural world is that a lot of lavender flowers are called blue. Someday I’ll figure that one out. Here’s the trick to finding a blue flower: tell the nursery you want “true blue.” Not purple, not violet, not lavender, not mauve, but blue.

If you’re thirsting for blue right now you can still find annuals at your local garden center. Plant them alone, or make that heat wave chill out a bit when you combine them with:

  • White flowering plants
  • Green-and-white variegated foliage plants
  • Silver foliage plants

Repeat the color with a blue-glazed pot, or a pot with blue in a painted design. Add blue rocks or tumbled glass as a top-dressing mulch until the plants fill in the container.

Come join me in the gallery where the temperature will drop as we flip through some cool blue flowers for your garden.

View gallery: Cool Off Your Summer With Blue Flowers!

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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