purple spires, or, 'blue spikey flowers are why I garden'
On a previous post about nepeta walkers low I saw Jackied write - For me blue spikey flowers are why I garden.
Ha! I had to laugh because I recognize myself in that statement.
In my head I call them "purple spires", and I love the way they go with everything. The deeper the purple color, the better. My favorites are:
salvias - may night, blue queen, indigo spires, etc. Can't pass up trying a new one
delphiniums - I grow "magic fountains" because they don't need staking and have a wonderful deep dark color
lupines - wow
giant blue lobelia and violet lobelia
agastache blue fortune
verbena bonariensis - not quite a "spire" but a lovely cloud
penstemons - only have 2 that are hardy to zone 5, I need some new varieties that are larger, like I used to grow in CA
iris, iris, iris! - the tall bearded and the dwarf
campanula persicifolia - great foliage too
veronica - still trying some new varieties
Any that I'm missing? (for zone 5)
Any specific cultivars you'd recommend? (deeper color and taller spikes?)
Anyone else out there got a love for purple spires?
Here's just a couple photos.