Blue, or what we call blue in the garden, seems to become more prevalent as the season winds down. It might not be in swathes of startling beauty, but it's there nonetheless, inviting us to catch our breath from the heat and rest our eyes on the coolest color on the wheel.
|The 'Legend' tomato and the 'Polish Spirit' clematis form a|
Although I couldn't have planned a more cheerful partnership, I'll take credit for the grafted tomato 'Legend' cozying up to the simple deep blue-purple "Polish Spirit' clematis.
But there is a true blue flower that's decidedly easy to grow. I tossed seed of Cynoglossum amabile here and there throughout the garden, and it's been blooming since mid-July. This annual Asian native will self-sow if it likes its environment, but it's really not that fussy. It's great in a vase, tolerates some shade and seems to thrive in lean soils. Put this on your "must-have" list for next season. Annies Annuals has the tall variety, which is great if you have lots of sun. I think mine is a 1-foot tall hybrid that stretched a bit in the shade.
|Phlox 'David's Lavender'|
Next to the true blue Chinese forget-me-not above, Phlox 'David's Lavender' looks nearly pink. But it's got a good bit of cool to its demeanor. And this variety has been mildew-free for several years in my crowded garden.
|Aconitum of a species likely napellus.|
Speaking of crowded, Aconitum napellus, or at least I think that's the species, keeps a very low profile in a shady spot as it takes support from a trellis whose clematis has seen better days. The common name for this gorgeous true blue flower is wolfsbane. (Wickipedia) It's poisonous, but that doesn't mean you can't admire it up close. I always wash my hands after handling it.