(Garden Heliotrope). 3-4'. Very fragrant, white flowers. Self
sows when established. Zone 4.
VERBASCUM (Mullein). Phoenicium
(48") comes in a range of bright colored flowers on felted
gray-green spikes. Weve become disenchanted with the short,
Zone 5, Jackie. It
has luscious apricot blooms, but it seems often to develop
a rather ugly rust on its leaves. Many of you have bought
it. Please tell us what your experience has been. Our favorite
is still the white flowered chaixii
we grew from seed, and weve finally been able to propagate
it. We also have a yellow chaixii,
and a few of the giant woolly olympicumyellow,
too. Mulleins are great plants for dry, tough locations. Z3.
Most verbenas are annuals in our climate. This one, which
has many 1" vivid purple flower heads above spare, strong
4 ft. stems, sometimes overwinters and always self-sows. It
is an incredibly lovely companion to ornamental grasses, and
would complement Perovskia
(Russian Sage) in any mixed planting.
(New York Ironweed). To 7 ft.
Native wetland plant looks like a huge purple aster. Fasciculata
gives 3 ft. stems of violet flowers in August. Both species
hardy to Zone 3.
VERONICA (Speedwell). The bushy veronicas are among the most
Crater Lake Blue.
15-20" Masses of brilliant gentian blue
at Tall Bearded Iris time. But, its bloom period is short
then it flops. Cut back hard in late June.
g. Variegata. Lovely 12-15" species with light
blue gentian-like flowers.
White, obviously, with many strong flower
spikes, moderately glossy leaves. Periodic deadheading
insures bloom from June until frost.
1" rock garden species from Turkey. Lacy foliage,
deep blue flowers in summer. Slow-growing. Z4.
True blue flowers on low spreading bushes to 12. Collected
in former Soviet Georgia.
Sunny Border Blue.
24". Dark blue spikes on compact,
glossy leafed plants. Very sturdy, long-blooming but needs
fairly frequent division to look its best. Best blue
former PPA Plant of the Year.
Outstanding gold-green foliage mat, short
deep blue flower spikes.
Dense creeper. Best ground cover
veronica in our experience, for sun or part shade. Large
sky-blue flowers, shiny foliage that develops pleasing
bronzy Fall tints.
(3-4'). Summer-blooming native plant for sun or part shade.
White flower spikes make a good cut flower. Zones 4-9.
(Periwinkle, Myrtle). Glossy leafed ground-cover with (usually)
showy blue flowers in Spring. 1" dark green leaves are
nearly evergreen; one of the three classic groundcovers.
Tolerates dry shade or sun. Zone 4.
VIOLA (Violet, Viola, Pansy, Johnny-Jump-Up) This tribe seeds
easily and interbreeds. Even annuals will often come back
. Most will die back or look wretched in summer sun; keep
them in shade for extended bloom. We like the violets best
and use them as groundcover in the woods. We carry both named
and unnamed varieties in blue, red, white, and yellow. Also
our local white-with-blue-eye, and Labrador Violet, which
has burgundy leaves and blue flowers. Viola
pedata (Birdsfoot Violet) has deeply cut foliage and
large blue flowers. Rebeccas
lightly scented white flowers are edged irregularly with deep
(miniature pansies) abound. We dig these on demand.
is a European alpine. Carpets of small gray-green leaves carry
fragrant yellow flowers.