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Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Northeast

Fine Gardening – Issue 179

1. ‘Blue Ice’ Blue Star


Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Blue Ice’

Zones: 49

Size: 16 inches tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Blue stars are the workhorses of the sun-drenched perennial border. Most produce delicate, skyblue flowers in May on clumps of clean green foliage, which turn magnificent shades of yellow in fall. ‘Blue Ice’ stands apart from its larger cousins by producing darker, lavender-blue, star-shaped flowers atop compact stems that are clothed in narrow, dark-green foliage. It has been suggested by some that this diminutive blue star is possibly a hybrid. Regardless of its parentage, it is a wonderful choice for the front of the border and has proven to be easy to grow and quite drought tolerant.


2. ‘Snow Fairy’ Bluebeard


Name: Caryopteris divaricata ‘Snow Fairy’

Zones: 5-9

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; average, well-drained soil


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