Whether they are in a formal bed or naturalized, spring flowers are a welcome sight after a dreary winter. Spring flower colors are many and varied, but unless carefully chosen, blue flowers are often absent. Plant marketers tend to generalize colors when they categorize them, and what may be labeled as blue may actually be more purple or violet. With only a little effort, gardeners can find true blue flowering plants that will make spring flower displays quite impressive.
Heartleaf brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla) is a mound-shaped plant about 1 foot high. The shiny foliage is notably lovely, making this a multi-purpose plant. Clusters of small blue flowers are carried above the foliage in early to mid-spring. Having five petals, the flowers look very much like forget-me-nots. Trim off the faded flower heads, and brunnera will send out a second round of blossoms. Brunnera is native to Siberia, so it will withstand very cold weather.
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are native to many areas of the U.S. They grow wild in moist woodlands and river bottom areas. Bluebells are perennials. The leaves appear very early in the spring, followed in mid to late spring by drooping stems with flower clusters. When the flower buds first appear, they are usually pink, but they quickly change to blue as the flowers begin to open. Bluebells have soft, oval shaped leaves that form a spreading mound about 18 inches tall. The period of bloom may last for two weeks or more. Bluebells may be used as fill plants between early bulbs and later blooming annuals. The foliage dies back after the plant blooms, allowing other varieties of summer flowers to take over.
Baby Blue Eyes
Baby blue eyes (Nemophila), a perennial wildflower, is native to California. Baby blue eyes is a small plant, only about 6 inches high. The flowers have five blue petals, with a white eye in the center of the flower. It is used as a ground cover, in borders, en masse in beds and in hanging baskets. Baby blue eyes likes partial shade and moist soil. In warmer zones of southern California, baby blue eyes blooms in early spring. The farther north baby blue eyes grows, the later in the spring it blooms.