Clematis ‘Stand By Me’ This is a striking blue flowered bush Clematis. It only grows to 38”. ‘Stand By Me’ peak bloom time is May and June, although there is some re-bloom during summer months. After it is finished blooming, attractive cream thread-like seed heads draw the eye. Broad, green foliage completes the package of this unique perennial. New leaves have a bronze cast to the undersides. You can train it up a small trellis in the landscape or containers OR use it as a spiller or ground cover. Plant it is full to part sun. It is hardy on Zones 3 – 7.
Salvia COLOR SPIRES ‘Azure Snow’ Here is another long-lived plant with riveting blue flowers. I am a sucker for blue blooms! The flowers are actually bicolor – deep violet blue and white. ‘Azure Snow’ is a pollinator magnet and highly heat and drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit snub it. ‘Azure Snow’ needs full sun to look its best, growing to 18”-20” in hardiness Zones 3 – 8.
– If you also like ‘Blue-tiful’ flowers, check out Proven Winners recent blog on ten stunning blue flowering annuals.
Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ Coral Bark Japanese Maple. I stopped dead in my tracks while strolling the garden displays at the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. I was staring at a Coral bark Japanese maple that I have coveted for years! ‘Sango Kaku’ is a four-season star. It has eye-popping coral-red bark in winter and early spring (this coloration pretty much disappears with summer heat), soft green summer foliage that turns buttery-gold in fall, and small reddish-purple flowers in spring. The tree is very slow growing and has a lovely vase-shape. It can grow to 15’-20’ and handles full sun (in colder zones) to part shade. it is hardy in Zones 5 – 8 and is best sited out of the path of winter winds.
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