Echinops bannaticus Taplow Blue (Globe Thistle)
- Usually Flowers : July, August, September
- Suitable for cut flowers
Grey-green, spiny, thistle-like leaves. Large globes of intense steel-blue flowers. July to September. Ht.1.2m.(4ft.). Grow in sun or part shade and well-drained, poor soil. good for back of border, cutting and bees and butterflies.
Meconopsis betonicifolia (Himalayan Blue Poppy)
Rosettes of glaucous green, hairy, toothed leaves. Tall stems carry single, fragile, sky-blue flowers with golden stamens. May. Ht.75cm.(2.5ft.). Grow in sun or part shade and humus-rich, moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil. Good for woodland plantings.
Meconopsis Lingholm (Himalayan Blue Poppy)
- Usually Flowers : June, July
Broadly lance-shaped, dark green leaves. New ones and stems have rusty-brown hairs. Beautiful, rich blue flowers from June to July. Ht.100cm.(3ft.). Fertile form producing long, narrow seed pods. Grow in part shade and moist, fertile soil. More perennial and tolerant of slightly drier conditions than others. Good for damp, shady, corners.