Forget-Me-Nots And Other True-Blue Flowers

There are few truly blue flowers in the world, but fortunately those few are absolutely exquisite...

  • I'd always thought of forget-me-nots as a fictional flower. You hear about them in old novels, you marvel at their oh-so-specific name, but you never actually see them around. At least I hadn't until this spring, when I fell head-over-heels for them. The tiniest bluest fairy flowers you ever did see! Here I've combined a small bunch of forget-me-nots with half a bunch of fresh spearmint and a couple sprigs of feverfew.
  • Delphinium strikes me as a flower to grow when you have a serious garden. Somehow the fact that they're so tall (3-4 feet) seems to necessitate extra space! Totally worth the real estate when you consider this description from Martha Stewart: "The luminescent pale blue Delphinium Belladonna is a color rarely seen in the garden." There are many varieties of delphinium, many of them blue, but the Belladonnas are my favorite for exactly their luminous quality. They are a dozen dreamy shades of blue all at once, their diminutive witches' caps glowing in any light.
  • I mentioned my love of morning glories when we were discussing poisonous plants, but I felt they deserved some attention for being so wonderfully blue, as well as toxic. "Heavenly Blue", if you will! One of the many great things about morning glories is that they generally love terrible soil- scrappy, rocky, sandy areas that other plants would turn their noses up at. Just soak the seeds overnight, throw them on your worst patch of land, and hope for the best.
  • When I first saw a rosemary shrub in bloom several years ago, it knocked my socks off to see such dainty sky-blue flowers on such a hearty evergreen plant. I look forward to seeing all the rosemary bushes around San Francisco bloom every year, and hope to grow my own someday.
  • Finally, of course, the blue trumpet vine of my dreams. We've discussed it before, so check out the comments for some helpful insights from your fellow gardeners. There's also a great blue trumpet vine forum over at Dave's Garden.

Images: Forget-Me-Nots by Tess Wilson, Delphinium from Longwood Gardens, Morning Glory from HubPages, Rosemary from CDN, Trumpet Vines from Belle Magazine Feb/March 2011, planting by Eckersley Garden Architecture, photo by Derek Swalwell, styling by Jacinta Le Plastrier.