These easy-to-grow annuals bring lovely shades of blue to the spring garden. Sow in well-drained soil in fall or earliest spring; or sow in pots and transplant while seedlings are very small. Give some water to extend bloom season. Especially showy when combined with California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), sticky monkey flower (Mimulus aurantiacus), and other heat-loving annuals.
Native to California deserts. To 6–18 in. high and wide, with coarsely toothed gray-green leaves. Clusters of 1-in., bell-shaped deep blue spring flowers with distinctive white dots at petal bases.Phacelia tanacetifolia
From the deserts of Southern California and northern Mexico. Grows 1–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with much-divided, ferny-looking leaves. In spring, coiled flower heads unfurl to present a multitude of blue or lavender-blue blooms up to 1/2 in. across. Very attractive to bees and other beneficialinsects.
Pinkish purple flowers held on weeping, contorted branches; best with afternoon shade.
The most widely grown irises fall into the bearded group. More than a century of breeding has produced...
Native to East Asia; forms fans of sword-shaped leaves from slowly creeping rhizomes. The plants are p...