After a long, barren winter, gardeners look forward to spring flowers that burst forth and add colour to their landscapes. Colourful daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, blooming in shades of yellow, white, red and pink, can be accented with tiny, spring-flowering plants that bloom in shades of blue. Whether you plant bulbs or seeds, small blue-blooming spring plants add a bit of unexpected variety to the garden.
Squill is a member of the larger Scilla genus, which is a member of the Hyacinth family. There are over 100 species of squill with most bearing blue flowers. The Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) is a favourite in springtime gardens because of its hardiness, growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 8 where it bears beautiful Prussian blue, three-to-four-petal small flowers. Bluebells are also in the squill family and, as their name denotes, produce tiny bell-shaped flowers. Both the Spanish bluebell (Scilla hispanica) and English bluebell (Scilla non-scripta) bloom a deep violet-blue in the spring. Squill plants are low maintenance and easily multiply over the years for naturalising.
Glory of the Snow
Hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8, glory of the snow (Chionodoxa luciliae) is one of the first flowers to appear in the spring. Bearing five-petal, star-shaped flowers in shades of violet blue with white centres, glory of the snow grows well in sun or partial shade and is ideal for rock gardens. The small flowers are long lasting; they live up to three weeks when the temperatures remains cold but have a shorter lifespan in warmer weather.
Baby Blue Eyes
Baby blue eyes (Nemophilia menziesii) are annual springtime bloomers that readily reseed. The cup-shaped, delicate sky-blue flowers can bloom throughout the spring, making it ideal for borders or hanging baskets. Native to California, baby blue eyes thrives in USDA zones 3 through 8 when grown in light, well-draining soil and dry conditions.
Often considered an old-fashioned flower, the true forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) is a stunning, small flower of bright blue with a yellow centre. Hardy to USDA zone 3, the tiny blue flowers readily reseed this plant. Forget-me-nots are ideal for seasonal, colourful ground cover, but beware of its prolific ability to reseed; it soon can become invasive in your spring garden.