<p>by Amanda<\/p>Although some claim that there can never be a true \u201cblue\u201d flower, gardeners and growers have worked to come as close to blue as the human eye can tell. Blue flowers illuminate in the sunlight and provide a striking, contrasting statement with their green foliage. In the spirit of planning for spring, I have highlighted some of my favorite blue flowers to try this season.\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2012\/01\/prod_passiflora_caerulea.jpg"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2012\/01\/prod_passiflora_caerulea-150x150.jpg" alt="" title="Passion Flower Vine" width="195" height="200" class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-3905" \/><\/a>Blue Perennials are perfect for a hardy, romantic statement in the garden. For those gardening in shade, try the <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/african-lily">African Lily<\/a>; its waist-high, beautiful foliage sets off the full, strikingly-blue blooms. <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/perennials\/baptisia-australis">Blue Wild Indigo<\/a> can be planted in sun or shade and will provide a beautiful contrast to your favorite white blooms. For a blue ground cover, try the <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/creeping-phlox-emerald-blue">Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue<\/a>. This favorite perennial is easy-to-grow and fast-spreading, making it a hardy blue statement in any garden. For a blue climber, try the <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/passion-flower-vine">Passion Flower Vine<\/a>. It\u2019s wonderfully unique blooms are white with blue highlights \u2013 perfect for winding around trellises and a fast-grower.\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2012\/01\/triteleiaqueenfabiola.jpg"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2012\/01\/triteleiaqueenfabiola-150x150.jpg" alt="" title="Starflower Queen Fabiola" width="195" height="205" class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3906" \/><\/a>Try planting several blue Spring Bulbs for a unique, dramatic statement in a sunny part of the garden. The Starflower Bulbs <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/starflower-bulbs-queen-fabiola">Queen Fabiola <\/a>bloom a rich, deep blue and are named after Belgium\u2019s Queen. Try planting these bulbs among low-growing plants, so the stunning flowers poke up through the foliage. The Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/dahlia-blue-boy">Blue Boy<\/a> is a favorite for its large, full blue blooms and tall foliage. The Gladiolus Bulbs <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/gladiolus-bulbs-nori">Nori<\/a> and <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/gladiolus-bulbs-blue-moon-mix">Blue Moon Mix<\/a> provide wonderful splashes of blue and do not take up much room in the garden \u2013 perfect for tucking in with other colors.\r\n\r\nTry planting an all-blue wildflower meadow for a cool, relaxing statement. <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/blue-flax-seeds">Blue Flax<\/a> is native to the US and is an extremely hardy and easy-to-grow perennial; its blooms are a lovely powder-blue. <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/baby-blue-eyes-seeds">Baby Blue Eyes<\/a> is a beloved, quick-blooming annual that will make a lovely statement in any sunny area. Try planting <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/morning-glory-seeds">Morning Glories<\/a> along a fence for a quick-blooming, bright statement of blue.\r\n\r\nThere are endless possibilities for blue blooms this season; try planting an all-blue garden bed or nestle striking blue flowers in with other colors such as white or yellow, to cool down the color scheme. What is your favorite blue flower? Feel free to comment below!\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_3907" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Customer Photo - Lupine and Blue Flax"]<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2012\/01\/Carol-Schwan-LupineFlax.jpg"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2012\/01\/Carol-Schwan-LupineFlax-300x225.jpg" alt="" title="Customer Photo - Lupine and Blue Flax" width="300" height="225" class="size-medium wp-image-3907" \/><\/a>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nHappy Gardening!