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.Anchusa azurea
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’.
Pinkish purple flowers are held on weeping, contorted branches; best with afternoon shade.
This California native is rather uncommon in nature. It blooms from spring to early summer, with 1-in....
Best known of the annual African daisies. Grows to 4–12 in. high and has narrow leaves with a fe...