These strong growers are related to forget-me-not (Myosotis) but are larger and showier. Their vibrant blue flowers appear from late spring through summer. Alkanets—sometimes called buglosses—are also easy to grow: plant them in well-drained soil and cut back spent flowers for a second bloom. High humidity inhibits growth.
Native to the Mediterranean region. An open, spreading plant to 3–5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Leaves grow 6 in. or longer and are covered with bristly hairs. Clusters of bright blue blossoms appear over a long period in summer, sometimes continuing into fall. Look for gentian blue ‘Dropmore’, sky blue ‘Opal’, and rich blue ‘Loddon Royalist’.
Native to desert Southwest and mountains. Grows 4 ft. tall and half as wide, with slender, spreading b...
Annual. This low-growing, weedy plant from Europe has bright green leaves and 1/2-in., brick red flowe...
Native to East Asia; forms fans of sword-shaped leaves from slowly creeping rhizomes. The plants are p...