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Old 06-01-2019, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I love Blue Flax.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:58 PM
 
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I suggest alliums, delphiniums, or foxgloves.
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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Depends. I've grown it in quite a few different gardens, and the sunnier the spot, the less it sprawls. I think stakes look too rigid, I just want to control the flop, not make it look like I've just called "Attention!". I use those cone-shaped tomato cages - wide end on the ground, held in place with landscape staples. (If your cage is too tall, just cut it down with wire snips.) Or those peony support rings. Or several plant stakes placed in a ring with twine wrapped around them. Monch is one of those plants I plant wherever I live. (Another one is Moonshine yarrow. Which, by the way, is an excellent foil for blue and purple flowers.)
Another technique to try to reduce “ flops”if it is acceptable- is to cut a clump of asters in half earlier in the season- well before they are ready to bloom- can not advice on your zone timing- you have to figure it out yourself. This would reduce the final height and I think produces more blooms. If you have asters of 36” I would top the whole clump when they grew to 18” tall - making them 9” tall. They would continue to grow but never will be 36” tall.

Tall garden phlox like “ blue paradise” - love phlox flowers for their long blooming periods- some of the taller variety like white blooming “David” get the same treatment- cut in half earlier in season when they are 18” tall. The cutting reduces the final size- “ David” would get 6-7’ tall otherwise and could flop in winds and heavy rains.
https://www.americanmeadows.com/medi...height=&width=
https://www.waysidegardens.com/images/l/25883.jpg
The same treatments for tall sedums, Shasta daisies, etc
See if you like alliums bulbs - some have a long blooming periods- they are not blue though, more purple
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:57 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Stoke’s Aster?
https://www.finegardening.com/plant/...-peachies-pick
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Salvia or veronica.
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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I bought a plant off eBay once called Blue Mist. I haven't been able to find it since. I planted it in direct sunlight and it only grew to about 18" but I don't remember how high it was supposed to get. It bloomed in September and looked like a blue Rhododendron. After that I moved and I noticed later the new owners yanked it out. I wish I had taken it with me.

Anyway, if you can find it, it was really pretty and had dark blue blossoms.

This might have been it:

https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31474/

https://www.civanonursery.com/plant-...s-dark-knight/

Edited to add: well, this looks like it may get too large.
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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If you can grow delphinium, it’s a great blue. I can’t. It’s a delicacy for the snails here.
I have blue bachelors button or corn flowers.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:58 PM
 
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Another technique to try to reduce “ flops”if it is acceptable- is to cut a clump of asters in half earlier in the season- well before they are ready to bloom- can not advice on your zone timing- you have to figure it out yourself. This would reduce the final height and I think produces more blooms. If you have asters of 36” I would top the whole clump when they grew to 18” tall - making them 9” tall. They would continue to grow but never will be 36” tall.

Tall garden phlox like “ blue paradise” - love phlox flowers for their long blooming periods- some of the taller variety like white blooming “David” get the same treatment- cut in half earlier in season when they are 18” tall. The cutting reduces the final size- “ David” would get 6-7’ tall otherwise and could flop in winds and heavy rains.
https://www.americanmeadows.com/medi...height=&width=
https://www.waysidegardens.com/images/l/25883.jpg
The same treatments for tall sedums, Shasta daisies, etc
See if you like alliums bulbs - some have a long blooming periods- they are not blue though, more purple
Sounds like a good technique to try, thanks for the ideas.

NewbieHere, I love delphiniums too, have some already...probably could use more!

GentleArts, veronica is high on my list, thanks for the idea.

jean_ji, I'm liking the idea of asters, might have to make room for them as well.

charlygal, alliums are fantastic, had them a long time ago, but they seem to have disappeared, should give them another try.

AZGarden, blue flax is so gorgeous, thanks for suggesting it.

Thanks everyone who has answered, this place is very helpful.
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Old 06-03-2019, 11:31 PM
 
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Blue-eyed grass
https://www.monrovia.com/plant-catal...ue-eyed-grass/

Himalayan blue poppies
https://www.outsidepride.com/seed/fl...SABEgJ5AfD_BwE
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:29 PM
 
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Now those blue poppies are something I've never tried before, great suggestion for a different, somewhat shady bed I have, thanks!
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