Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Perennials in blue

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While my long time absolute and unrivaled favourite perennial Salvia has been Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ I had to have ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ when I saw it today. It lacks the dark purple stems of ‘Caradonna’ but has absolutely massive (for the species, anyway) flowers in a nice blue colour.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’
Salvia nemorosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

I expect (and hope for) similar performance to ‘Caradonna’ - low maintenance, low water needs, long flowering time (including a second round of flowering in the fall).

I also picked up a few more Sedum species (I might have a problem).

Sedum pachyclados
Sedum pachyclados

Sedum hispanicum minus 'Blue Carpet'
Sedum hispanicum var. minus 'Blue Carpet'

The first of these (Sedum pachyclados) forms attractive rosettes with white flowers in spring and again later in the summer.

The second (Sedum hispanicum var. minus 'Blue Carpet') forms a low mound of blue-green leaves with white or pale pink flowers. Seems to have a purple/pink winter colour as well.

One of these Sedum will be going between/around a Hosta 'June' and the Salvia above where it will also be allowed to spill out onto the patio.


  1. Your new succulents are great, I have a thing for the sedums. How funny that you have a problem...my husband tells me daily that I need to get help for my succulent addiction! The blue Salvia's are also gorgeous, I've got a blue one called Texas Salvia, but I'm transplanting it to a sunnier location and not sure how it's going to do...the blue's are probably my favorite as well.

  2. That Sedum pachyclados is pretty sweet. I wouldn't be able to pass it by without picking up a few.

  3. Matti's recently turned in to a sedum junkie, so don't feel bad :) They'll perfectly compliment the Salvia and Hosta.


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