Blue Flowered Herbaceous perennials

5 blue flowers for a royal baby boyBlue flowers for a baby boy (Picture: Andrew Babicz)

Why should gardeners miss out on commemorating the royal birth? Yes, you could buy a plate or commemorative cup and saucer, but what better than a plant that will return every year and grow as Prince George does.

I am not aware of any plants named Prince George, but there are a few named King George. Here are five other blue flowers fit for a Prince:

1. Meconopsis ‘Slieve Donard’

Meconopsis ‘Slieve Donard’ (Picture: Andrew Babicz)

(Picture: Andrew:An amazing flower if cultivated well. The sunshine pouring through its large blue flower is a joy and well worth the hard work in growing it.

Meconopsis come from the Himalayas, China and Tibet where there are monsoons in the growing season and temperatures rarely exceed 20oC. This plant needs adequate moisture and moderate temperature. It prefers growing in a high humus content which is rich in nutrients.

In very heavy soils, which are prone to water-logging, this plant will benefit from a raised bed culture with drainage material such as grit and garden compost added.(Picture: Andrew Nursery, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

2. Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’

Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Picture: Andrew Babicz)

Butterfly Blue produces a huge number of blue pincushion-like flowers from July to September. This long-flowering scabious is ideal for a well-drained rock garden or for container planting. Its informal appearance also makes this plant perfect for cottage gardens and wildlife borders. As its name suggests, it is highly attractive to butterflies and bees.

Agapanthus (Picture: Andrew3. Agapanthus

Agapanthus (Picture: Andrew Babicz)

Agapanthus are herbaceous perennials and originate from Southern Africa. Some are fully hardy whilst others are tender. Agapanthus thrives in fertile, well-drained, but moisture-retentive soil in full sun.

Although It can survive quite well outside it is best to protect it in winter. Feed weekly or fortnightly with a balanced liquid feed during the growing season until flowers begin to show colour.Aster King George (Picture: Andrew ut only sparingly in winter.

4. Aster ‘King George’

Aster King George (Picture: Andrew Babicz)

A very hardy herbaceous perennial with blue flowers in the autumn growing up to a metre in height. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.

5. Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’

Ceanothus Arboreus Trewithen Blue (Picture: Andrew Babicz)

Flowers of a deep blue hue in late spring and early summer and slightly scented. Ceanothus can grow up to eight metres in height but rarely does. It prefers full sun, grown against a wall facing west and a well-drained soil.

The big seed companies are good at responding to major events so, watch my words, it will not be long before we see a plant called ‘Prince George’!


Get a sheep and a goat .

2005-04-12 20:11:37 by nonukesguy

Sheep & goats are replacing gas lawn mowers:
Because gas-guzzling, air-polluting lawn mowers contribute to global warming, there is renewed appreciation for less manicured, less contrived and more natural landscapes. In fact, prescribed grazing is making a come back. Prescribed grazing can be effective in controlling noxious weeds, reducing the incidence and intensity of wildfires and improving wildlife habitat and plant diversity, especially around residential communities.
Prescribed grazing uses sheep and goats separately or in combination, depending on the management objectives and type of vegetation


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