Blue Herbaceous perennials

georgia blue veronicasWhile it is an herbaceous perennial, it grows like a ground-cover and forms a blue carpet when it blooms in early spring.

Plantsman Roy Lancaster found a wonderful blue veronica growing in the Republic of Georgia which used to be part of the Soviet Union.

He introduced it to the trade under the name ‘Georgia Blue Veronica’ to acknowledge its place of origin. While it is an herbaceous perennial, it grows like a ground-cover and forms a blue carpet when it blooms in early spring.

Since it blooms early, the tiny blue flowers with white centers look especially striking when combined with early bulbs such as yellow daffodils.

The leaves of the plant are small and dark green and turn a burgundy-bronze shade in winter.

Planting Your Own

Since this plant likes good drainage it is happy in rock gardens, raised beds and containers.

It is a vigorous plant but can easily be sheared back and divided so it is not considered to be invasive. Get it off to a good start by watering frequently and fertilizing regularly.

Once it is established it will only need to be fed once in the early spring and again in late summer.


Shade garden plants part 2 con't in part 3

2006-05-04 15:52:37 by steh

Continued from part 1: Hostas or Plantain Lilies make a bold statement in the shade garden with their large, richly colored leaves. Hostas are herbaceous perennials, disappearing in late fall or winter only to return from the same roots the following spring, more robust than the year before. Hostas grow 8 to 18 inches tall in large clumps and sport tall spikes of flowers in summer. There are many varieties with varying leaf colors and shapes. 'Sugar and Cream', 'So Sweet', 'Blue Cadet', 'Royal Standard', and 'Blue Angel' are a few of the outstanding varieties in our hosta variety trial at the Tyler Rose Garden


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