Blue False Indigo, also known as Redneck Lupine, has blue pea-like flowers in May and June, A long-lived perennial. 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year. All Baptisias are very roadside salt tolerant and dry site tolerant.
PRN Preferred: Easy to grow and does not grow too big.
'Indigo Spires' False Indigo flowers in May and June, producing 12-15" showy spikes of deep violet pea-shaped blooms. The green stems are very sturdy so the flowers are held upright above the clumps. Baptisias have deep taproots and become almost shrub-like in size as they mature. Baptisia 'Indigo Spires' is very tolerant of both dry sites and road salt. A Walters Gardens introduction.
'Blue Towers' False Indigo is an exciting introduction from Plant Delights Nursery, resulting from their cross of Baptisia australis x Baptisia alba. The tall showy spikes are covered with bluish purple pea-shaped flowers in May and June. The habit is upright with 20" long flower spikes. Baptisias are very hardy, long lived perennials with the added advantage of being both native and deer resistant.
'Carolina Moonlight' False Indigo has buttery yellow pea-shaped flowers in June over clean, bluish green foliage. A great long lived hybrid from Rob Gardner of the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.
Decedence® 'Lemon Meringue' is a new introduction from Hans Hansen's extensive breeding program. The lemon yellow pea-shaped flowers are held on tall charcoal colored stems above bluish green foliage. A tough, long lived native perennial, Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' is a colorful addition to the back of perennial borders as well as an excellent candidate for prairie gardens and dry meadows. Decadence® Lemon Meringue is drought tolerant, deer resistant and long blooming.
Decadence® 'Vanilla Cream' False Indigo has 10" spikes of vanilla pea-shaped flowers in May and June. The petioles are dark gray, making an attractive contrast to the opening flowers. The clean disease free foliage matures to grayish green in summer, making a wide clump topped by dark charcoal round seedheads. Baptisias are very long lived perennials and are useful in the back of mixed borders as well as in meadows. From Hans Hansen's Decadence® series.
Midnight Prairieblues™ False Indigo has very long spike of deep bluish violet pea-shaped flowers on large, vase-shaped plants. The blooming period covers 3 to 4 weeks because of the secondary flowers which follow the long primary blooming stems. Baptisia Midnight Prairieblues™ is another extremely hardy beauty from the extensive work of Dr.Jim Ault and Chicagoland Grows®. The drought tolerance and long life of Baptisias are hard to beat in the perennial world.
'Purple Smoke' False Indigo has bluish purple flowers in May and June. A long lived perennial, selected as a chance seedling by Bob Gardner of the NC Botanical Garden. We love the subtlety of the flower color, as well as the clean, shorter foliage. One of the native plants chosen by Piet Oudolf for the newly planted meadow garden at Delaware Botanic Gardens.
PRN Preferred: A slightly shorter variety. Very drought tolerant once established, subdued bluish flowers work well in a perennial garden.
Hardy Orchid has rosy purple flowers in May, like miniature Cattleyas. The clump will grow steadily larger, and Bletilla is dry site tolerant when established. Best planted in spring or early summer.
Variegated Hardy Orchid blooms in May, producing rosy purple flowers that look like small delicate cattleyas. The flowers persist for several weeks, and Bletilla striata 'Variegata' continues to add interest to the garden because of the thin white stripes on the broad tropical looking leaves. Hardy Orchids grow to make good sized clumps in shady location. They remind us of Prom corsages for pixies.
Heartleaf Brunnera has blue flowers in mid April to June over green foliage. Must have a moist spot. A slow spreader.
'Sea Heart' Heartlef Brunnera has green foliage which is largely overlaid with beautiful silver netting, leaving only green veins for contrast. The flowers are held above the leaves in April and May. They open lavender pink and mature to clear blue, looking just like Forget-Me-Nots. The extra advantage of this new Brunnera from Holland is that its foliage is significantly sturdier than other silver varieties, enabling 'Sea Heart' to stand up to Eastern heat and humidity better. Bred by Spitzbergen Willemsen and introduced into the US by Plants Nouveau.
'Silver Heart' Heartleaf Brunnera blooms in April and May, with cobalt blue flowers held over stunning silver and green heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are similar to the other new silver-laced cultivars but Brunnera 'Silver Heart' has thicker, more pubescent foliage, so it tolerates our hot East Coast summers better. All Brunneras perform best with moderate but consistent moisture, and the effect of the large blue flowers over the silver foliage is spectacular in the spring.
PRN Preferred: Better, more heat resistant foliage for our East Coast summer conditions.