These strong growers are related to forget-me-not (Myosotis) butare larger and showier. Theirvibrant 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. Highhumidity inhibits growth.Anchusa azurea
Native to the Mediterranean region. Anopen, spreading plant to 3–5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Leaves grow 6 in. or longer and are coveredwith 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’.
Mounding growth to 6 to 12 in. high and 1 1/2 to 3 ft.wide. Lacy, silvery blue foliage; flowers not sh...
Native to the Mediterranean region. Anopen, spreading plant to 3–5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Leaves gro...
Lilac flowers in fall.Orange-red stigma is true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck stigmas...