Birds & Blooms|June/July 2020
DELPHINIUM SPP., ZONES 3 TO 7
Although it’s a bit picky, larkspur is well worth the effort when spires of blue flowers reach for the sky. Delphiniums require full sun and organic, moist, well-draining soil. Avoid planting it in windy locations, and cut it back around midsummer for a second set of flowers.
Why we love it: Delphinium exaltatum is native in the East and sturdy enough to grow in Zones 4 to 8.
2 Flowering tobacco
NICOTIANA ALATA, ANNUAL
Plant flowering tobacco along sidewalks, next to your deck or patio, or near open windows where you can enjoy the lovely evening fragrance. This adaptable plant reseeds readily and grows best in full sun and rich soils. It also comes in a variety of colors and sizes.
Why we love it: The trumpet-shaped flowers and bold leaves make it a standout in containers and garden beds.
3 Virginia bluebells
MERTENSIA VIRGINICA, ZONES 3 TO 9
Add some blue to those shady spots with this vigorous eastern native. Grow in moist, rich soil and combine with daffodils for a striking spring display. Add hostas and other shade-loving perennials to mask the fading foliage later in the season.
Why we love it: Hummingbirds, bumblebees and other pollinators appreciate this early source of nectar.
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