Gardeners anticipate spring when green shoots push up through the thaw of a long winter. Whether bulbs or seeds, spring flowers can be potted for bright spots of colour against melancholy days; or they can be set for borders, accents under trees or placed as ground cover. Select an assortment of seeds and bulbs that bloom at different intervals so that you can take pleasure in glimpsing a range of blue colours during the dreary, wet spring months.
California Blue Bell
The Phacelia campanularia, otherwise known as the California Blue Bell, is a hardy annual native to the southwestern United States. This wild flower has veined leaves that are heart-shaped and covered in soft, white hairs. The plant blooms with deep blue flowers that are bell-shaped with long, golden stamens. At maturity they reach less than 1 foot.
The California Blue Bell favours full sun and well-drained or sandy soil. Native to desert areas, it is drought tolerant and adaptable to arid environments and does well in zones three to 10. Flowers bloom in late spring to early summer and last approximately three to four weeks.
Myosotis sylvatica, also identified as wood forget-me-nots, are a symbolic perennial wild flower indigenous to Europe and Asia. These delicate spring flowers return faithfully each spring from the same roots.
Grown from seed, the tiny pale, flat blue flowers have five delicate petals with yellow centres. Flowers bloom the second year after sowing and rest above dense hairy leaves and stems. Forget-me-nots prefer shady, damp areas with moist, rich soil but also can thrive in sun. Just shy of 1 foot at maturity, they require little maintenance and are suitable for zones three to nine.
Scilla siberica, also known as the Siberian Squill, is an early spring perennial that produces three to four flower stalks per bulb.
Three to five Prussian blue star-shaped flowers blossom from each arching stalk and reach about 8 inches at maturity. Each flower reaches approximately 1 inch across with six petals. The bloom period lasts two to three weeks. The Siberian Squill comes into flower by early spring and tolerates dry conditions of the summer months. It prefers partial shade and moist soil, growing best in zones two through eight.
Chilean Blue Crocus
The Chilean Blue Crocus is native to the mountains near Santiago, Chile, and is a rare miniature perennial bulb that has been recently reintroduced to its former habitat.
These bulbous plants have narrowly lance-shaped, medium-green leaves that are smooth. One to two funnel-shaped blue flowers (often with a white base) emerge from its stems in midspring from March until May. Shorter than 6 inches at maturity, it is low-maintenance plant that grows in zones seven to nine. The Chilean Blue Crocus thrives in well-drained, sandy soil in full sun; however, it is drought-tolerant.
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