Perennial Flowering Ground Cover Explained
You can find excellent perennial flowering plants that will be a perfect alternative to grass, even on the most challenging grounds.
Perennial ground cover plants are low-maintenance plants that offer permanent protection against soil erosion despite the steepness of the slopes. Most of these plants do well in partial to full shade. They are the best ground cover plants in various ways such as:
- They are economical as they can stay up to three growing seasons or more without replanting.
- They do not produce as many flowers as the annual flowering plants but instead direct most of their energy into growing stronger roots for the next season.
- Perennial flowering ground cover plants go dormant during winter to grow back each year from the dormant roots.
- The perennial flowering plants are generally the best weapon against soil erosion if your environment is conducive to their growth.
Video – 20 plants with blues flowers
What Kind of Ground Cover Has Blue Flowers?
Lesser periwinkle also called creeping myrtle (Vinca minor), is an evergreen ground cover plant that produces bright blue flowers. It can grow to a maximum height of six to twelve inches and has shiny, green leaves that remain intact throughout the year. ground cover with blue flowers
The Lesser periwinkle flower thrives best in moist, rich, and well-drained soil with 6.0 to 8.0 Ph, though it will still grow in average soil. It can grow in partial or full shade. It will grow in partial sun exposure of fewer than six hours a day, but full sun reduces its strength and turns its leaves yellow. It will help avoid frequent irrigation on the creeping myrtle if the soil is evenly moist. This is a great way to get ground cover with blue flowers.
Blue Flowers Names and Meanings
Each flower has a symbolic meaning, generally or according to a particular culture. The color significantly contributes to the symbolic meaning different people will attach to a specific flower. Here are some blue flowers and their meanings:
Table – Meanings of blues flowers with common and scientific names
|Common flower name||Botanical name||Meaning|
|Iris||Iris sibirica||Iris symbolically represents faith and hope. The dark blue iris stands for royalty. The blue iris starts blooming in late spring to early summer. Forget-Me-Not flower Myosotis scorpioidesThe Forget-me-not flower is a symbol of faithful love with memories. It also means true love and respect. A bouquet of blue forget-me-nots is a perfect gift for a romantic celebration like a marriage anniversary or engagement ceremony. These flowers bloom in April and May for seven weeks.|
|Morning glory||Ipomoea tricolor||The blue morning glory flower symbolizes trust, respect, deep emotions, infinite love, and honesty. The morning glory starts blooming in early summer to the offset of frost or fall.|
|Hydrangea||Hydrangea macrophylla||The blue Hydrangea symbolizes apology and frigidity. It is an excellent choice when you want to show remorse or right your wrongs. Hydrangea starts to blossom in spring to summer and extends to early fall.|
|Blue daisy||Felicia amelloides||A blue daisy blooms from summer all the way to fall. The blue daisy means long-term trust and loyalty. It also symbolizes visualization. For example, using a blue daisy as a meditation tool can help calm the mind and envisioning positive outcomes.|
|Siberian Squill||Scilla siberica||The Siberian Squill represents loyalty, constancy, and trust. People use it to remain vigilant when trying to form a positive habit. It is also a helpful meditation tool when you want to stay loyal to completing a particular task. The flowering season for Siberian Squill is from March to May.|
|The lily of the Nile||Agapanthus||The Lily of the Nile of the African lily is the flower of love. It has several meanings as some people attach medicinal value to the plant. Agapanthus generally conveys the message of love and affection. It blossoms in June and July.|
|The desert bluebell||Phacelia campanularia||A desert bluebell represents gratitude and humility. A bouquet of desert bluebell flowers is an excellent way to communicate your feelings politely, especially those of appreciation. Desert bluebell starts to flower in late spring to early summer.|
What Blue Flower Means?
A blue flower is associated with different feelings and emotions. First, it is a sign of serenity and calmness for someone fighting stress and anxiety. It is also a symbol of hope and encourages positive expectations. It gives hope to a person embarking on a new venture in life or career.
A blue flower is a symbol of dream and clarity, especially for someone searching for inspiration. Blue flowers have a significant meaning in marriage as they convey the message of love, trust, fidelity, and deep emotions.
Infographic – 5 Ground cover plants with bluish coloring
Blue Flowers Meaning by Country
Each country has a different belief concerning the blue flower. Ancient Greek holds different blue flowers in high regard.
List of blue flowers in different cultures
- Blue flowers are a sign of hope and faith in Japan.
- In ancient Egypt, blue flowers were sacred. The Egyptians used the blue lotus on altars and many temple arches to symbolize the sun and rebirth.
- The blue iris is a sacred namesake to goddess iris, while the blue delphinium is mythically sacred to the god Apollo.
- The ancient Romans treasure the blue borage flower. To them, it is a cure for depression.
- Blue flower has a significant cultural meaning in Scotland. The people believe that witches could turn themselves into hare hares and hide in the bluebell flowers, hence the name “harebells” for bluebells.
Naturally Blue Flowers
Are There Any Flowers That Are Naturally Blue?
Naturally, blue blossoms are not only rare, but they are also non-existent. No plant bears natural blue pigment, making it impossible to produce the blue color. With the absence of natural blue pigment, plants have their own floral trickery with other pigments, anthocyanins, to create blue flowers.
The red anthocyanin pigment is the main component in the production of blue flowers. The plant tweaks or modifies the red tint to come up with the blue blossoms. The modifications involve mixing pigments, molecules, and ions and shifting Ph.
Blue flowers are among the rarest on the surface of the earth. Sometimes florists have to create blue flowers for special occasions artistically. There are, however, natural blue flowers in existence. Here are some of them.
List of blooms that are naturally blue
- Blue Himalayan Poppies (Meconopsis baileyi)
- Annual Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus)
- A morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor)
- Siberian squill (Scilla siberica)
- Blue Drumstick (Allium caeruleum)
- Delphinium ‘Aurora Blue’ (Delphinium elatum)
- The sea holly (Eryngium planum)
- Blue sage (Salvia azurea)
- Blue daze (Evolvulus nuttallianus)
- Lily of the Nile/ African lily (Agapanthus)
- Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)
Blue Flowers Images
The flowers will vary in color, shade, shape, size, and number of petals. It is easy to recognize a blue flower at a glance even from a distance due to the bright color. Here are images of some blue flowers and their names.
Empire Blue Butterfly Bush
Light Blue Flowers
Grape Hyacinth or bluebells (Muscari armeniacum) is the most popular light blue flower. It is a bulb plant that produces tiny flowers that look like grapes. The plant can grow up to 6 to 9 inches in height and spread to 3 to 6 inches. It grows best in moist and well-drained soil with neutral to acidic Ph.
Grape hyacinth requires partial shade to full sun exposure to bloom better. It blooms in spring and produces small clusters of light blue flowers that face downwards. The flowers can also be white, lavender, yellow, or pink.
Dark Blue Flowers
The lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)is the most popular of the dark blue flowers. It is a perennial plant that attains a maximum height of 0.6 to 1 meter. It grows well in ordinary but well-drained soil and requires full sun exposure for maximum blooming. The lily of the Nile starts to bloom in June and extends to September.
Lily of the Nile produces a wide range of beautiful flowers from dark blue, purple, white to pink. It is a symbol of love with its Greek name, Agapanthus, originating from agape, love, and Anthos, flower.
Is There a Blue Rose?
There are no blue roses existing on the face of the earth. Although blue roses are generally non-existent, other plants have a way of working pigments to make the blue flowers, except for the rose plants.
The rose plants lack the essential pigment, delphinidin, which is a crucial ingredient in producing blue petals . Even though scientists are working hard to create a blue rose through gene manipulation and engineering, their effort is yet to bear fruit and produce a pure blue shade.
The mystery is that florists still stock blue roses in their stores. The flower vendors have their way of creating blue roses for special occasions. The first way is through spraying with blue paint, and the other one is by dying different colors of roses in water with blue dye.
The blue roses symbolize mystery, secrecy, and ambiguity. They are also a symbol of ambition and the desire to achieve almost impossible dreams. The fact that blue roses are rare contributes to their symbolic meaning of dreaming big and aiming for the impossible.
Key takeaways about ground cover with blue flowers
- Ground cover plants and flowers are particularly useful for creating rock gardens
- Look for plants that bloom between early spring and late summer – you’ll get your money’s worth!
- White flowers and pink flowers go really well with purple flowers which are almost blue
- The best ground cover plants are low maintenance: examples of a low-maintenance plant is any evergreen perennial
- Choose a hardy variety if there is overly moist soil on ground with sunny spots and part shade
- Cover large areas with plants with dark green leaves such as Phlox Subulata
- Low-growing plants make excellent ground cover, such as the low-growing perennial Antennaria plantaginifolia
- Good drainage is essential for most ground cover plants, so plants that like a sandy soil will do well
- Poor soil will limit the types of plants you can grow
- Evergreen plants that are also deer resistant can be used for durable borders