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’.
This perennial species can reach 10 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide; it has light green, deeply lobed leaves t...
Lavender flowers precede foliage that opens pink, matures to lime and gold, then shades to green.
These small daisies top tall plants that work well at the middle or back of a late-summer perennial bo...