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,
how do you take such gorgeous photos! just breath taking!
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!
I do love blue in the garden and, as you said, it is hard to achieve. You’ve done a great job!!
Awe, thanks so much Bonnie!
Gorgeous pictures. I love the blue flowers!
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!
Thanks for stopping by “a49erfangirl”; stop by again and let’s get to know each other through our blog interests!
Beautiful pictures Roz! I love the blue in the gardens!
Gorgeous colour! I love the blue too.
A lovely stroll in your garden with words.
Thanks Linda, I hope you’re doing great!
THe blue in your garden is gorgeous!!
Thanks Joanne, I usually prefer pinks and yellows, but when I can get blue in the garden, it really pops with brilliant color!
Letizia, thank you so much! This is THE blue plant that you will never regret planting in your gardens!
Thanks Angie! You are always so sweet!
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.
Hi PIng, and thank YOU for your visit today!
Amazing pictures Roz, These flowers look great. Thanks for posting about them. This is somenthing I would like to see growing in my garden.
Rita, I think that these will grow anywhere! Thanks for your compliment!
Your garden is rally fantastic!! I would like to have a similar one.
Thanks llaria! I hope that you can have a garden to enjoy someday too!
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!
Thanks and you’re welcome Helene! I enjoy your blog very much too!
Wow, how great to learn of that plant. your shrubs are beautiful and those great photos really highlight their beauty.
My pleasure to pass on the info to you and everyone Linda! Glad that you enjoyed!
oh my, what a beautiful picture the one with the bee! and do you really have all those flowers in your garden still? here is definitely fall and leaves have started to turn yellow and red. ciao!!
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!
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~
Thanks Liz, it’s taken a LOT of mistakes, hits, and misses. But I’m finally getting it!
Hi Roz, your blog is absolutely stunning! I love it! 🙂
And so is YOURS Barbara! Thank you for your kindness!
this is the first time I have seen the guest post guidelines. I would love to do a guest post for you sometime. that first picture of the bee on the flower took my breath away so beautiful
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!
Pretty pictures. Great of the bee. Do you find you have a real abundance of bees lately? We seem to have more presently than we did earlier in the summer.
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!
Thanks Linda, it’s always fun and peaceful to walk around a garden!