Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 65: True Blue Beauties

Video by Danielle Sherry & Steve Aitken, Produced by Cari Delhanty and Edited by Kara Demos

Blue—arguably the most elusive color in gardening. If you’ve ever bought a plant that touted “beautiful blue blooms” only to discover that when it flowered it was actually purple, you are not alone. Or perhaps you’ve drooled for years over pictures of Himalayan blue poppies, the truest of blue flowers and one of the most difficult plants to cultivate successfully. Well, here are Steve and Danielle to the rescue! In this episode, they discuss awesome plants with blue blooms (or at least Danielle does—turns out that Steve is a bit color-challenged). The topic was so inspiring, there was even some singing. We apologize for that in advance.

 

Expert testimony: Dan Robarts,  horticulturist and propagator at Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens in Boothbay.   

 

 

DANIELLE’S PLANTS

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8)

Baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii, annual)

Sapphire Surf™ bluebeard (Caryopteris × clandonensis ‘Blauer Splatz’, Zones 5–9)

‘Bluebird’ mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’, Zones 6–9)

 

STEVE’S PLANTS

‘Big Blue’ sea holly (Eryngium × zabelii ‘Big Blue’, Zones 5–9)

‘Blue Magic’ grape hyacinth (Muscari aucheri ‘Blue Magic’, Zones 4–8)

Playin’ the Blues® salvia (Salvia longispicata × farinacea ‘Balsalmispim’, Zones 7–10)

‘Blue Jean Baby’ Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Jean Baby’, Zones 4–9)

 

 

Virginia bluebells
Virginia bluebells
Baby blue eyes
Baby blue eyes
Sapphire Surf™ bluebeard (photo credit: Bailey Nurseries)
Sapphire Surf™ bluebeard (photo: Bailey Nurseries)
‘Bluebird’ mountain hydrangea
‘Bluebird’ mountain hydrangea
‘Big Blue’ sea holly
‘Big Blue’ sea holly
‘Blue Magic’ grape hyacinth
‘Blue Magic’ grape hyacinth
Playin the Blues® salvia (photo credit: Proven Winners®)
Playin’ the Blues® salvia (photo: Proven Winners)
‘Blue Jean Baby’ Russian sage (photo credit: Walter’s Gardens, Inc.)
‘Blue Jean Baby’ Russian sage (photo: Walter’s Gardens Inc.)
‘Storm Cloud’ bluestar
‘Storm Cloud’ bluestar
Creeping forget-me-not
Creeping forget-me-not
Glory of the snow
Glory of the snow
‘True Blue’ gentian
‘True Blue’ gentian
Himalayan blue poppy
Himalayan blue poppy

 

 

 

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