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Old 05-30-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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I've cleared out an old bed and am looking for something new to plant. It must be perennial, either blue or purple, 1-2 feet high, preferably something that grows tidy and upright rather than sprawling. This bed gets sun 8-10 hours a day, zone 8b. The soil is well drained, somewhat sandy.

There is already lavender in this bed, so something other than that would be great. Suggestions welcome.
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Plant Profile for Aster × frikartii ‘Mönch’ - Hybrid Aster Perennial
You'll love it!

Penstemons like this one - http://www.perennials.com/plants/pen...true-blue.html or this one https://www.gardenersworld.com/plant...n-sour-grapes/

Any number of bearded irises and siberian irises

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.o...taxonid=278819
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:00 PM
 
Location: NC
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Batchelors buttons or lobelia
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:43 PM
 
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Salvia
Russian Sage (they now have shorter varieties)
Balloon Flower
Campanula (comes in various heights but I love the short ones best)
Nepeta (catmint)
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Columbine - aquilegia comes in many colors including blues and purples.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Delphinium

Mine are getting ready to bloom that beautiful blue...

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Old 05-31-2019, 12:28 PM
 
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Penstemon is looking like a good choice, haven't grown that in years. Your link from Missouri Botanical Garden mentions willow bell, which I love. As I was reading it, I remembered that I've planted it in this bed several times before over the years, and it disappears every time. Maybe I'll try it again in a pot, and see if that works. I do have irises in another bed already. The aster is gorgeous but I worry about it flopping over...do you have to stake yours?

Delphinium is a magical flower, greatblueheron, thanks for the suggestion!

Zugor, I do have columbine here and there, one of my all-time favorites.

Miss Ree, salvia, of course, I should have thought of that, love it! Also love Russian Sage, but it doesn't love me. Catmint is in two beds already, probably don't need more of it, though I do like it quite a lot.

Luv4horses, bachelor buttons are an old-time favorite of mine too. Good idea.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:53 PM
 
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Blue hydrangeas
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:59 AM
 
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Penstemon is looking like a good choice, haven't grown that in years. Your link from Missouri Botanical Garden mentions willow bell, which I love. As I was reading it, I remembered that I've planted it in this bed several times before over the years, and it disappears every time. Maybe I'll try it again in a pot, and see if that works. I do have irises in another bed already. The aster is gorgeous but I worry about it flopping over...do you have to stake yours?

Delphinium is a magical flower, greatblueheron, thanks for the suggestion!

Zugor, I do have columbine here and there, one of my all-time favorites.

Miss Ree, salvia, of course, I should have thought of that, love it! Also love Russian Sage, but it doesn't love me. Catmint is in two beds already, probably don't need more of it, though I do like it quite a lot.

Luv4horses, bachelor buttons are an old-time favorite of mine too. Good idea.
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.)
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:13 PM
 
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Blue hydrangeas

I love them, and I have too many already, per my husband. He is incorrect, however. I could sneak in a couple more without him even noticing.


jacqueg, I think peony supports should work nicely for the aster, good idea, and thanks for replying. I have some pinks around this bed, very little yellow anywhere in the garden, come to think of it. I do love yellow and blue together too. Or orange and blue together. Well, blue looks fantastic with pretty much every other color.
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