Out with Living Coral and in with Classic Blue as Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020. This strong, solid, and bold color will remind you of cloudless skies and the quiet and calm summer season. If you want to see classic blue blooms all year round, here are 5 flowering plants that will give you that blue hue.
Let’s start off with the state flower, the bluebonnet. Most Texans might know it’s just the bluebonnet but the Texas state has actually declared 5 varieties of the bluebonnet as its state flowers. So take your pick from either of these 5: sandy land bluebonnet, Texas bluebonnet, Chisos bluebonnet, dune bluebonnet or Bajada lupine.
This wildflower also known as wild phlox blooms in great quantities during March, April or May. This perennial evergreen can grow from 8-18 inches tall and its flowers can also be white, purple, red or pink.
This perennial thrives in a full sun spot and prefers moist soil conditions. If you’re worried your soil quality might not allow other meticulous plants to grow, blue-eyed grass can definitely survive. It’s even better if you leave the soil untreated. Its small bright blue blooms show up from March to July, giving your outdoors classic blue flowers from afar.
Mealy blue sage
Driving through the Texan countryside, you might mistake this tall tower of blue flowers for the Texas bluebonnet but is, in fact, the Mealy blue sage. However, upon closer inspection, a cluster of this flowering plant gives off its trademark sage scent. This perennial herb can also grow from 1-3ft. tall and shows off its lovely blue flowers from April to October.
From a towering shrub to a low-level perennial, scarlet pimpernel thrives well on sandy soil and needs full sun to grow. It shows its 5-petaled blue flowers from June to September. Its flowers also only open during certain hours of the day, which is why it’s also call the poor man’s barometer.