Blue - the color of the sky and the sea, peace, tranquility, joy. Flowers in a similar range will decorate any house and garden, and are also often used in the bridal bouquet, along with buds that have pink or lilac petals. It is interesting to consider in detail the most suitable flowers for home and garden cultivation of blue.
Blue colors: photos of the most famous species
The main flower of blue is a gentle and elegant delphinium, which easily takes root in every garden of the middle lane. Concrete variety with white and blue petals bred in Nepal, but has already taken root in domestic areas. Externally, it is not much different from the more familiar varieties: the same long (up to 2.5 m) stem, from which inflorescences are located almost 1 m, located by a candle with a narrowing towards the top.
Sprawling bushes, the plant itself is a perennial. In the blue gamut, the Summersky variety was made, belonging to the small-flowered group (3.5 cm in diameter). Beautiful domestic variety "Blue Lace", as well as high and sprawling "Venus". In addition, the flowers of the non-curved Belladonna group are interesting with their blue petals: their bushes are short (up to 1.5 m in height), with a racemose, thick rhizome. Seed germination in this hybrid, unfortunately, is low. And in order for the delphinium to bloom again at the end of the summer, it should be cut off after the first flowering.
The next known to all specimen with blue-blue flowers is lupine. In form of its inflorescences it looks like a delphinium: the same tall bush-arrows, cone-shaped inflorescences, but absolutely closed buds. It is also a perennial, preferring semi-shade areas, which tolerates frost well, and therefore is loved by middle-line gardeners. The shrubs are low, rarely grow more than 0.5 m above the ground, and the flowers barely reach 1 cm in diameter. The variety with the straightforward name "Blue" is ideal for group plantings, it blooms at the very beginning of summer, it can go to the 2nd wave closer to August. It is recommended to plant it in spring, keeping a distance of 40 cm between seedlings.
Speaking of blue flowers, you can not ignore the simple and Japanese bell. Its botanical name is Kampanula, and depending on the variety, it is an annual, biennial, or perennial. Among Japanese species, the blue color is characteristic of the Takeshima bell, whose height is 0.6 m, and the flowers can be double or simple. The undersized is a round bell, barely reaching 0.4 m in height. Gardeners use it to fill rabatok, create borders, in addition, the plant looks good in cutting.
Names and characteristics of varieties
The saturated color of the summer sky has the ipomoea, an annual bindweed whose flowers can be made in various scales. Blue is characteristic of the "morningglory" variety, or else it is known as "heavenlyblue". The height of such a liana in natural conditions reaches 5 m, in the middle lane rarely exceeds 3 m. The diameter of the gramophone flowers is 10 cm, the core is white, darkens to the edges, turning into an ultramarine-blue tint. An interesting feature of this flower is its following the sun. Besides the fact that it opens at sunrise, and closes after dinner, the heads themselves turn, as in sunflowers, following the course of the solar disk. And also in cloudy weather they keep open throughout the daylight hours.
Dr. The moment characteristic of this variety of Ipomoea can be seen when the flowers start to wither: from the outside, the petals change from shade of blue to violet from the outside. So it justifies its biological name - tricolor. Since Ipomoea is a liana, it is important to grow backups for it, which can even be a fence or a wall of a house, or else it will have to be laid and allowed to stretch out on a thick carpet. Flowering in this plant begins in July.
Clematis - in the garden, guests are frequent. Most of their species have large flowers, reaching a diameter of 15 cm, and depending on the variety, their forms are different: steeply colored stars or fluffy balls. In the blue gamut several specimens were made, among which the most tender is recognized as "BlueLight", whose rounded petals have a lavender-blue color, and the core of a compact flower is terry. A remarkable difference of this variety from other terry - the ability to bloom on both new and last year's shoots. The plant is quite unpretentious, but in the middle lane it is recommended to protect it from the wind, and therefore not planted in areas open on all sides. The GeneralSikorski variety, which has a slightly richer color and larger flowers in diameter, is up to 25 cm in size. The height of a plant in nature reaches 3 m.-
We should also pay attention to clematis varieties "Lasurstern", whose petals initially have a purple-blue color, but under the sun fade to dark blue. In diameter, flowers can reach 20 cm, flowering begins in late May on last year's shoots. Most often, this variety is purchased for balconies and verandas. But the most beautiful clematis with sky-blue petals is considered to be the Peled’Azur variety. It has not the largest flowers (up to 14 cm in diameter), the shoots themselves stretch out to a length of 3 m, but they are ready to boast with abundant flowering: from mid-summer the plant pleases the eye, dying only when severe frosts occur. Like the previous variety, it is good for balconies, terraces, and other types of group and single plantings.
Pale blue flowers for bridal bouquet
The search for flowers by shade is the most relevant for brides who wish to hold a wedding in a certain range, and therefore begin to think out in advance what the bouquet will be made of. What kind of flowers can enter it if there is a focus on all shades of blue?
Blue roses, undoubtedly, occupy a leading position. However, in most cases, these are artificial specimens, since the bred shade of the rose varieties starts to get already at the time of flowering, and therefore is not suitable for a wedding bouquet. If the bride wants a similar flower, he is unlikely to be alive. But you can replace the roses on any other buds of pale blue color.
For example, lush balls of hydrangea inflorescences look just as good. They are beautiful in combination with white alstromeria, as well as when decorating the hearts of flowers with small beads. What is interesting is the ability to independently vary the shade of hydrangea blossoms: if you grow it at home, iron filings are added to the soil or several nails are stuck in - this trick will help to strengthen the blue note in the petals.
The next blue flower, worthy of a place in a wedding bouquet, is Muscari. In appearance, it resembles a long cone of small inflorescences, tapering towards the top. Variety "Muscaricoeruleum" is included in the Red Book, because it is a rare species growing in the Krasnodar and Stavropol Territory. Bulbous plant, early flowering, perennial, propagated by seeds. In the bridal bouquet, it most often coexists with white orchids and roses, and is also often diluted with hydrangeas.
Slightly less often irises fall into a similar composition. English varieties have a pale blue and almost azure blue color of the petals. Their flowering period is the beginning of summer, all of June and part of July. In addition, some Dutch varieties with the earliest flowering were performed in the blue range - the end of May and the beginning of June. They all fall into the group "Xiphium", which is grown mainly for cutting. The stems reach 45 cm in height, the planting of the bulbs takes place in October, and during the period of maturation the irises need an active sun.
In addition, in wedding bouquets you can see more rare components: cornflowers and violets. They most often appear in the hands of brides, who decided to celebrate in the style of "rustic", when a magnificent wedding is replaced by a simpler option. Because the bouquet, too, must be selected as not as elaborate as possible, as if it had just been gathered in the nearest clearing.
Blue flowers are a symbol of loyalty and hope, an unspoken promise to wait and save feelings. They were given before a long separation, and were also sent secretly as a sign of the demonstration that love was still alive. In the interior, the flowers with blue petals have a calming effect, as well as facilitate and cool the look of the room.