Flowerbox Shades of Blue

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Since moving to the Delmarva peninsula my garden ending habits have changed.
Steve made me a Flowerbox that will get slight sun and lots of shade.
Looking for ideas of perennials in shades of blue to give a water effect.
So far only have come up with a bit of Forget me Nots?
What else. Nothing that gets over about a foot tall and will bloom most of season???
Thanks in advance.
Candee

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Hi Candee. How about platycodon (balloon flower) - I've seen them in shades of blue and they are various heights - some short, some taller. They bloom early summer - not all season, but a good couple of weeks. I think they are listed for mostly sun, but I've got mine in shade and they seem to do fine. I'm sure I can think of others if I put my mind to it. I'll get back to you if I come up with anything.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Platycodon has never liked my yard for some reason. Two attempts have failed now.

Here are a couple:

Scutellaria incana
Lobelia siphilitica
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips'
Ajuga - multiple varieties
Rabdosia longituba
Anemone nemorosa 'Dee Day'

Edited to say that some websites might contradict what I've said here but I've grown all or a similar variety of all besides the Scutellaria myself and know they are hardy and grow in a part shade/shade environment. My rabdosia gets a little more sun but I've read that it will tolerate bright shade.

That's all I can come up with off the top of my head. Good luck :)


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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks. I'll check them all out.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

Good suggestions, Sequoia.

I don't know how long it blooms, but Phlox divaricata would look nice: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/308188/

...an what about some Columbine? It's not an all-season bloomer, but it's so gorgeous!

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Early, short, blue bloomers:

Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades'
Phlox divaricata
Polemonium reptans

Lobelia siphilitica and Scutellaria incana both get 2 - 4 feet tall, thus not what you want.
Most all season bloomers are annuals rather than perennials.

How about a succession of bloomers?

Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

Ice plant looks nice in boxes

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

I grew Lupinus texensis (Texas Bluebonnets) last year, and they stayed right at about 1' tall.

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 7a)

How about a dwarf catmint?

Or a dwarf caryopteris?

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

So many to choose from. The Texas bluebonnet so but don't they need sun? This box will have more shade than sun I am afraid which limits my options.
I like the idea of a succession of bloomers
Perhaps start with the phlox, then have some columbine and liatris!
Thanks everyone, so much fun to research all of the plants you have named. Already told Steve I am gonna need a bigger box!

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Liatris is more purple than blue, and would exceed your one foot constraint. Bluebonnets indeed like sunny locations.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

So true; I forgot about the sun constraint.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

There's brunnera too.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

and pulmeria (sp?)

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Pulmonaria..?

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Went to the nursery yesterday, got a columbine "Aquilegis alpina"
Bellflowers
Ajuga "Dixie chip"

Could not find the woodland phlox nor bluebonnets.

Will look at some plumeria.
Thanks.

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

'Rozanne' is my favorite hardy geranium, maybe a bit more purple than you want. In my yard, though, it seems to get a bit leggy in part shade, so it might end up taller than you'd like. Find a spot for it somewhere, though... it blooms all summer, through any kind of conditions!

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

You got it Sequoia Pulmonaria

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Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

With the "water" colors you mentioned, sounds like you need a cascading series of blue boxes, offset a little from one another like a meandering stream...

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Haigr, what about a Plumbagoid or Lithodora? Like Seq said about his ideas, other websites may say something different about their needs, but the ones we carry at work are kept in mostly shade, and they bloom wonderfully, even in their little growers' pots. And my own Plumbago bloom all summer long in the shade, and the Fall foliage colour is beautiful.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks for more ideas. I have the hardy geranium and love it. Will look for some plumbago tomorrow.

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

It never ceases to amaze me how much I like hardy geraniums. When I first saw them I never thought I would, but the more I see them the more I like them. Please share some pics when you can? :)

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

The ones I had in my gardens in hagerstown were huge. Will go find some pics. They seemed to bloom all season and never looked bad from drought or too much sun. I brought only a small bit with me down here and it is thriving. Will get a pic when it blooms here too.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

I LOVE hardy geraniums Speedie. With this year's additions, we have 13 I think.

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Well then, I will surely enjoy seeing (more) pics of those Geraniums from both of you. Other than seeing them in pics here, the only ones I get to see are in 4" or #1 pots at work... hardly show-stopping like that.

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Maybe you can start a "collection" at work, stick an extra one in the ground now & again... if people can walk along a border of them, oohing and aahing, they would really fly off the shelves! Works for DeBaggio's with their thymes. :-)

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Ya know Jill, that is a marvelous idea, and I know just the spot where I should start. There's a bed just outside the back of the greenhouse that recently got cleaned up and re-mulched... all the 'junk' that used to grow there is now gone and it's looking rather lonely with the lone palm, one evergreen shrub (don't remember what it is), and single hellebore. I think that's where I shall start. Thank you Jill, you are brilliant! :)

Haighr, looking forward to seeing those pics when you can find them. :)

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

This isn't the best photo, but the mound of geraniums is visible in the front. Dang, if I still lived up in Hagerstown, I could share some great pics soon in bloom.

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Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Oh so beautiful!! Thank you very much. Now, after the day we had at work today, I'm not sure there's even any left for me, HA! :)

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

The little patch I brought with me has two little blooms!

annapolis, MD(Zone 7b)

Hurray! All my Geraniums seem ultra happy this year.

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Yippeee!!! Looking forward to updated pics when you get the chance. :)

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

This is the little clump I started in Delaware.

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Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Such happy pretty little faces, LOVE it! =)

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Yay for happy little faces.

annapolis, MD(Zone 7b)

Here are some of mine:

I don't seem to have any of the 'blue' ones!

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Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

I planted 3 blue leadworts on Friday and thought of your blue boxes!

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

I brought home a Cranesbill Geranium from work yesterday and thought of you Haighr! =) I think it's a "Rozanne" though 'cause I couldn't find a "Johnson's Blue" anywhere! < =/

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Lovely coleup! I am going to have to look for more.
So mine are the Cranesbill?
Thanks for thinking of me Jill!

annapolis, MD(Zone 7b)

Yep, all of the Hardy Geraniums are cransbills (named for the shape of the seed head). Here is a link to Cranesbill Nursery (in England) They only grow cranesbills and have 149 offerings! Check out Havana Blue, Johnsons Blue and Orion for starters.
http://www.cranesbillnursery.com/index.php?page=search&reset=true#sun=true#part=true#shade=true#short=true#medium=true#tall=true#early=true#mid=true#late=true#term=#start=70

Probably there are at least 10 Hardy Geranium varieties amongst us MAF ers and I'm sure we'd be glad to give you or Speedie a start or two. Critter just gave me cuttings of Biokovo and I have those and some other varieties (no blue yet lol). Do you ever come thru Annapolis on Route 50? I'm one minute off the exit! Stop by! And come to the Fall Plant Swap.

Is your new box a window box or does it set on the ground? Isn't it funny how we caa miss our plants...just like good ole friends!

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