Don’t Be Blue: Popular Types of Blue Flowers

When most people think of flowers, they think of red, pink, or purple blossoms. Some may remember seeing a blue flower now and then but write that off as a rare occurrence. In fact, blue flowers are much more common than most think. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some popular blue flowers and show our appreciation for this less-noticed color.

Types Of Blue Flowers

Hydrangeas

Blue flowers are valuable for several reasons, in part because their color is thought to exude peace and calm. If you want your garden to feel this way, begin with blue hydrangeas. Soil acidity can increase their natural color to an eye-popping sky blue, so get guidance from your local nursery on how to accomplish this safely. The bigleaf hydrangea is often found in local nurseries and gardens. Pair them with Annabelle or oakleaf hydrangeas, which have white blooms and provide a great neutral background.

Delphiniums

Delphiniums are tall, lean flowers that usually bloom with a striking lavender-blue color or a combination of blue and royal purple. Some types have white centers that pop against their natural color. Delphiniums may take extra effort to grow as they prefer cool summers (these may be best for states such as Oregon or Washington, where heat is tempered with plenty of rain). They should be grown in organic soil and staked well. Delphiniums can grow to be six feet tall and blow over easily if not anchored in the ground. Grow them near yellow blossoms for a spectacular primary color showcase.

Brunnera

Brunnera flowers are tiny heart-shaped blooms that not every gardener recognizes. In fact, most of us may not know what a brunnera is. These lavender blossoms with small white centers need plenty of shade and moist soil. They produce sprays of blossoms rather than just one, and some varieties such as Jack Frost have a unique silver tint. Pair these with yellow blossoms or Japanese silver ferns for the best color contrast.

Grape Hyacinth

As the name suggests, these flowers’ blossoms look like upside-down bunches of grapes. They also carry the same vibrant purple shade you’ll find on some grape species. They’re known as the muscari or the “blue star,” although there is a separate bluestar flower that shouldn’t be confused with this one. Some species of grape hyacinths are edible and popular in Italian and Greek dishes. The bulbs can be boiled or pickled in oil before eating and are said to be an appetite stimulant. However, not all grape hyacinths are best for eating, so ask gardening and cooking professionals for recommendations.

Bluestar

The bluestar flower is prized for its appearance, which is highlight by a light blue, star-shaped blossom. The technical name is amsonia; sometimes called blue ice. These flowers are deer resistant and grow strong even in droughts, making them more attractive to gardeners. The bluestar is also unique in that its beautiful blue shade changes to gold in the fall. Whatever the season, gardeners agree the bluestar is sure to make nature-lovers take notice.

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