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Old 06-10-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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We have a blue house and my wife is looking for a rich blue colored flower to plant around the house. She prefer one that will come back each summer. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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oh man are there any blue flowers? let's see off the top of my head, ageratum, false indigo, salvia, loads of iris, blue star amsonia, some lilacs, some butterfly bush, agastachs, ajuga, and then there are the beautiful silver plants like artemesia, lambs ear, and on and on it goes.

just google "perennials with blue flowers" and there are many suggestions.

http://www.finegardening.com/PlantGu...274=2048&294=8

I don't deal with annuals but there are some blues ones as well. If you don't have deer problems be sure to include some blue/green hosta..just beautiful.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Hydrangea but soil test to be sure they wll be the color you want.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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It may depend on where you live but I grow quite a few different blue flowering perennials that should grow in much of the USA.

Veronica also known as Speedwell. There so many different versions of blue and blue-purple color. Here's one company that sells some of them: Veronica Perennials, Plant Veronicas

Campanula - several are beautiful blue colors (mine are blooming right now) Campanula - Campanula Plants - Bellflowers - White Flower Farm

Balloon flowers (sold as Platycodon) I have them in blue, white and pale pink. Platycodon grandiflorus "Balloon Flower" - Buy Online at Annie's Annuals & Perennials

Salvia, there are some really pretty blues and purple shaded blues: Proven Winners | Oceana¬ģ Blue - Salvia patens

Salvia Blue Hill -- Bluestone Perennials, Inc

Centurea bot annual and perennial and in blues and purple blues - they are sometimes called Bachelor's Buttons. Centaurea

Scabiosa - an awful name for a pretty little bloomer: http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/SCBB.html?mv_pc=dgar and http://www.gurneys.com/product.asp?pn=64625

Agapanthus Agapanthus, Agapanthus Elaine,buy Lily-of-the-Nile for sale-Plant Delights Nursery, Inc.

Several allium will bloom in blue colors: Persian Blue Allium - Gardens Alive!

Delphinium: Delphinium Summer Nights

Lavender: Lady Lavender Seeds


Pulmonaria blooms in the spring to early summer in pink to blue flowers. Pulmonaria,Lungwort,Pulmonaria for sale,buy Pulmonaria,buy Lungwort,Lungwort for sale

And then there is the old fashioned standby of hydrangea: Hydrangea serrata Blue Billow - White Flower Farm and Nikko Blue Mophead - 3 quart

That's all I can remember from my own experience at the moment.

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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Thanks! This is great information.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Voice,
Can't make a suggestion without knowing your zone, especially since
you want a perennial.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:43 PM
 
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The Poconos I'm Pennsylvania,.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Reston
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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides has beautiful blue flowers and is really tough (when established)-

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.o...aginoides.aspx
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:04 AM
 
Location: PNW, CPSouth, JacksonHole, Southampton
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Pansies, Violets, Violas, Salvia, Muscari, Hyacinths, Verbena, Tradescantia, Lilac, Wisteria, Double Blue Althea, Buddelia, Camassia, Dutch Iris, Bearded Iris...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QcWx0-zicC...narboretum.jpg

http://media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com/55...a0729a107f.jpg (Double Blue Althea)

http://www.landmarklandscapes.us/wp-...adescantia.jpg

http://georgeweigel.net/wp-content/u...via.signum.jpg

http://www.rvroger.co.uk/imglib/cama...lue_melody.jpg

http://www.greenwoodnursery.com/Imag...20Buddleia.jpg

http://www.trotting-horse.com/garden...%20blue2xy.jpg

The closest to the blues of most houses would be Plumbago : http://stthomassource.com/files/gall...o_-STT_409.jpg
However, you'd have to take it indoors, in Pennsylvania, during the winter.

And if you don't mind bringing them indoors in winter, there are blue Agapanthus (which have never, ever, bloomed for me - either in Mississippi or up here in Oregon...but for some people, they bloom...).

Oh, and I decided to see if Vitex Agnus Castus was hardy in your area. Here's a link to an expert near you, discussing that wonderful little blue-flowered tree: http://blogs.scottarboretum.org/gard...x-shoal-creek/ (and when they say "aromatic leaves", they aren't exaggerating. On a hot summer day, the scent is most invigorating. DH says he wishes he had that scent in a bottle, for slapping on his face after a shave.)

And on the subject of blue trees and scented foliage, you MAY be able to grow Arizona Cypress (cultivar, 'Ice Blue') //pics.davesgarden.com/pics/201...oan/281120.jpg. If your home's blue is more 'Fromage Bleu' than Sky Blue, then this plant may work out well for you. I had a few Arizona Cypresses in an area in my walled Mississippi garden, where their sharp, medicinal scent could mix with Fruit-scented roses, Tuberose, Sweet Olive, Gardenias and Jasmine. The combination of scents was ambrosial.

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Old 06-11-2013, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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gee- think we've just about covered it for ya. obviously there is no shortage of blue/purple/silver plants. I had a beautiful vitex in GA which was so beautiful. I miss it terribly.
and you can change the color per hydrangeas with amendments each year. I even had one with pink flowers on one side and blue on the other. I had great fun with it. Kind of like dyeing a poodle!
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