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Blue Bugloss

Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’

Anchusa

Italian Bugloss

<i>Anchusa azurea</i> ‘Loddon Royalist’

“Of deep glorious color” are the words Graham Stuart Thomas, legendary author and horticulturist, uttered to describe the deep blue tint, vividly imbuing large, edible forget-me-not like blooms, and deeming ‘Loddon Royalist’ the bluest of them all! Selected more than 50 years ago at Britain’s Loddon Nursery, this garden-worthy Borage family member and Mediterranean denizen sprouts a stubble-surfaced dark green basal rosette below infamous white-ringed dimple-centered blossoms, which perch on lax stems and make a tasty culinary garnish. Verbascum ‘Sixteen Candles’ and Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ are glowing companions for the ever-blue floral wonders, while light sandy or sharp-draining soil plus a shearing right after the flowers have faded will ensure its long-lived vigor.

Blooms May–June

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

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Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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