Butterflies, Bumblebees, and Blue Blossoms in The Gardens

Blue . . . one of the most difficult colors to include in a garden, and especially in large amounts that bloom for longer periods of time to enjoy!  And who doesn’t love the color of blue?

I’ve got blue iris that bloom for about a week and a half in the spring, little blue pansies in the winter that you can barely see, some Russian sage, and a few blue hydrangea that I can’t grow further than a few inches with the hungry deer out here in the countryside.

So for this “Wordless Wednesday”, which I am now officially re-naming “A Walk in The Gardens Wednesday” (at least on my blogs that’s what I’m going to focus my Wednesdays on), I’m focusing on the color of blue in our gardens!  While outside mowing the front pasture this afternoon before the rains set in, I was just staring at these huge, awesome, and completely-covered-with-blue-blossom bushes, and had this little ‘a ha’ moment for today’s post.

These beautiful perennial blue bushes grow larger every year, are incredibly carefree (well you might want to give them some nice fertilizer food twice a month like I do to keep them extra happy and blooming), THRIVE in the heat and drought, require minimal watering, are deer resistant (YAY!) and attract butterflies and bumblebees to ‘healthily’ your gardens even more!

About four years ago, we lined our very long driveway with these blue floral bushes mixed with taller pink crepe myrtle trees and some green ‘adiago’ grasses (also beginning to bloom right now . . . but that’s another garden post).  All heat and drought lovers!  And when you live on an acreage with a ‘well’, you have to be ever-so-careful with your water use!

Everyone asks me:  what is the name of those bushes?  “Blue Mist Shrubs” aka: “Caryopteris”.  You can buy these guys in small pots in a specialty nursery (not Lowe’s, Home Depot, or WalMart) for around $5.00 or so.  THEY GROW FAST, so don’t worry!  The second year of bloom is mind-boggling with how fast and how large they grow with so many blue blooms.  They reach about 4 to 5 feet tall and so you need to plant them at least 3 feet apart, a point at which they will grow together into a lovely hedge!

PLUS, when summer is ending and everything else in your garden has finished blooming, except for those annuals that we plant for color, these bushes just show off among the greenery, along with the flowering crepe myrtles!

Only a few negatives:  They lose their leaves in the winter because they are woody bushes, not evergreen.  Plus, as a good gardener, you need to cut them back in the spring just like you would do with your ornamental grasses so that they have a healthy growth in the coming summer season.

But let me tell you, they are so worth it!  I look forward to these blue blooms at the end of every summer before everything turns yellow, gold, orange, and red in fall.

This is just one of summer’s ‘last hurrah’ in the gardens!

one bumblebee so drunk in happiness, he’s upside down!

we have these bushes mixed in with our pink crepe myrtle trees (for height).  
This little crepe myrtle is 3 years old that we planted at just about 2 feet tall 
– the deer made it difficult to get them to this height, but with patience
they will continue to grow and fill out!
blue, blue, blue . . . covered with blue blossoms!
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Comments

  1. says

    Claudia,

    I have absolutely no idea! I just click, click, click and then look at the shots that turn out the best. I am totally un-trained and an amateur at best! I can’t thank you enough for giving me such a kind compliment!

    Big hugs to you, sweetie!
    Roz

  2. says

    Bonnie, these are super easy bushes to grow, especially for heat and drought areas. I’m a dummy-gardener . . . it it doesn’t’ work easily, it ain’t in the garden the next year! LOL!

  3. says

    Oh my! What gorgeous pictures! They certainly brightened up my day. Blue’s my fav color too! Thanks for stopping by my blog and making a comment on Lizzy’s post.

  4. says

    Your pictures are a great inspiration for me, they are beautiful. I just added you to my list of ‘Delicious Blogs’ on my blog. Thanks for adding me as well. Have a great day!

    • says

      Oh yes, seriously, this is a warmer climate state and we’ll have roses in NOVEMBER, after that, there won’t be much going on in my gardens!

  5. says

    Oh, you DO have a marvelous green thumb, Roz! I love the mixture of the crepe myrtle and the blue mist shrubs. And such stunning photos with the bees! Enjoy your weekend~

    • says

      Isn’t that little bee cute? I had to stay quite a distance away from him! SO GLAD to hear that you’d like to guest post! I can’t wait to see what you’ll prepare!

    • says

      Hi there! We have way too many bees every year; it’s easier to catch a bee in a photo than butterflies which I sadly believe we have less of these days! Thanks for stopping by!

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