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The Virginia Blue Bells is one of the prettiest flowers you can have in a garden. They begin to Bloom from March to April, and they Bloom a slightly Pinkish color before they Mature and turn that Beautiful Blue color that we have come to know whenever we hear Bluebell. The gorgeous blooms on this perennial are in the shape of beautiful bells as they hang on the stems. This is a great plant and is very popular among homeowners for planting in gardens and natural areas as they are straightforward to grow and maintain.
The standard blue violet has a distinctive blue rounded star-shaped petals and semi-circular leaves. A mature plant can grow to 6 inches across and 4 inches high. This plant grows best in a temperate climate with adequate water and sun. Rich dark soils are the ideal for these plants which can be found in wooded areas and slopes. The growing period for the Blue Violet is from mid-spring to late spring.
This plant requires consistent watering- moisture should always be present. In its native environment, Blue Lobelia grow alongside streams and swamps; this serves as an indication of how much moisture it requires. The bloom time of this plant occurs between July and September- perfect for beginning gardeners; the maintenance level is low for this species.
The Virginia Bluebell is also known as Mertensia Virginica. It is an appropriately named fast-growing wildflower that is native to Missouri. This perennial is home to blue bell-shaped flowers; each flower has five petals that are bonded together to form its famous bell shape. Additionally, each flower is roughly one-inch long. It is interesting to note that each of the flowers on this plant starts out the pink in color, but, over time they turn a brilliant shade of blue, giving them their name. The leaves on the Virginia Bluebell are four-inches long, oval, smooth, and are a bright gray-green color. The plant grows in clumps and can get up to 2 feet tall and roughly 1.5 feet wide.
The Virginia Bluebell primarily grows during the spring, April and May, in affluent wooded areas and river floodplains; by summer the plant dies off and goes dormant until the following spring. Before it goes dormant, the Virginia Bluebell produces just four seeds. This plant thrives best under partly to fully shaded areas where a moderate amount of moisture is received and in soil that is well-drained.
Large bees, particularly female bumblebees, are often seen flying around these flowers in the spring; however, only the largest bees can work their way up the tube portion of the flower. Even though bumblebees are frequently seen around the plant in early spring, moths and butterflies are the primary participants in pollinating these beautiful plants.
The Virginia Bluebell looks beautiful in wildflower and native plant gardens. Additionally, these flowers can be used as a naturalization plant in corners or as a backdrop to other flowers. However, it needs to be kept in mind that the Virginia Bluebell doesn’t bloom all year; it is best to plant them by annuals, late-blooming perennials, or ferns.
Blue-Eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Blue-eyed grass, or Sisyrinchium angustifolium, grows in USDA hardiness zones 5-9 and naturally occurs in meadows, open wooded areas, and moist fields. It is an adaptable plant and can display resilience in a variety of soil conditions ranging from dry to wet. However, if the soil remains too dry or too moist for an extended period, the Blue-eyed grass may succumb to crown rot or nutritional deficiencies. It will respond the best to clay, loamy, or sandy soils that maintain a medium level of moistness. Any soil pH, acidic, neutral, or alkaline, will be suitable for sustaining life. Full sun and partial sun are its preferred levels of light. Blue-eyed grass blades are thin to medium in width, averaging 6mm or more, and are dark green in hue. It reaches maturity after a medium rate of growth. Once fully grown, the blades of grass reach an average height of 1' to 1' and 5" long. This low-maintenance perennial produces light blue to light purple flowers in March, April, May, June, and July. There are a total of six small petals surrounding a bright yellow center. Each leaf, although consisting of one dominant light blue or purple color, is lined with darker hues of the same color. Wildlife, like deer, may browse fields to feast on this plant. Many opt to decorate their yards or landscapes with Blue-eyed grass as it adds woodland-like color, vibrancy, and density. It is commonly placed around borders, in rock gardens, or within flower garden plots. It flowers in clusters and can be bunched together to create that "in-the-wild" feel that many homeowners strive to capture in their backyards. The most maintenance required is to separate and divide its tufts every 3 to 5 years in March, April, or May. In addition to its aesthetic use in landscapes, Blue-eyed grass may also be used as a medicinal herb to relieve stomach aches and diarrhea.
Chicory: Cichorium intybus
Chicory - Cichorium intybus
The hardy and versatile chicory plant grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9 and grows to an average height of about 3-5 feet when mature. This robust European native has the beneficial characteristic of being able to thrive just about anywhere when it comes to the environment. However, for optimal growing conditions; they prefer deep, moderately fertile soils. It's best practice to avoid planting in clayey soils as it inhibits root development. This species also prefers lots of sunlight to grow optimally. Chicory has a very upright growth habit, in regards to its overall mass. The vast majority of its foliage is closer to the ground, radially spreading out and around the base of the plant. That is to contrast its tall, branching, slender stems that soar above the foliage and are dotted with delicate light blue flowers. When using chicory in a landscaping or gardening situation, it has quite a few appeals. Chicory, visually, when integrated into a full meadow or garden scheme the roaming leaves, branching stems, and flowers, that are present from July to October, add fullness and an endearing "wild" authenticity to the atmosphere of a space. The leaves are dandelion-like in shape and pleasantly green in color, large and broad at the base and thinning up the stem to allow the flowers to stand alone. The flowers themselves are small, about 2-4 cm in diameter and aster-like in appearance. Outside of the visuals, its root system is ideal for helping in maintaining the balance and health of soils because it's able to pull nutrients from deep in the soil profile.
On top of that, it's a vigorous perennial species that will return for many years of enjoyment. Additionally, for those interested in edible gardens or tea gardens, chicory is an excellent addition because both the leaves and roots can be eaten. The roots can be used in teas or coffee to add robustness to the flavor.
Creeping Myrtle Plant - Vinca Minor
The Creeping Myrtle Plant is native to Central and Southern Europe but can be found almost anywhere. It has glossy dark green foliage and can have small purple flowers; which gives it the more common name of periwinkle. It is a garden plant that is used mainly as ground cover. It can tolerate being grown in sandy soil and its vines will do well growing under tree coverage. The creeping myrtle is a perennial plant, which means it will return year after year in your garden. Once the stems hit the ground, roots will begin to take place, and new vines will appear. The small flowers will only bloom for a short period in early spring. If you plant these vines in your garden, you should space them approximately two feet apart to ensure complete coverage. The plant proliferates. Since it is a vine plant, it will smother weeds during its growing period helping to maintain the beauty of your garden.
If you are looking to add colorful beauty to your home landscape, Creeping Myrtle is an excellent choice to make. It will last for many years, and it is easy to take care of. You can also propagate it to grow in other areas around your home. You need to split the root balls in half and plant in different places. When you first plant it, you will need to make sure the soil remains moist so that it can grow. After it has been growing for a while, the natural moisture in the ground and rain will be enough to sustain it. Although the most common color of the flower is purple, there are other varieties which will have white or yellow flowers. These can be planted in the same area as the purple producing an even greater eye-catcher.