Blue is my favourite colour but not where flowers are concerned as I prefer white and yellow. I feel that blue doesn't generally contrast well against green foliage, however vivid blue annual cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) do look good grown among biscuit coloured grasses as seen in this photo.
I also grow the perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana), which has a distinctive flower, and this one has lots of flower buds showing.
Yet another cornflower on my plot is the lesser knapweed (Centaurea nigra) which grows on the wildlife area as this native wild flower attracts plenty of insects.
This year thanks to Debbie, a fellow member and friend here, I'm also growing Sweet Sultan (Centaurea moschata) which the Chiltern Seeds catalogue says is an easily grown, cottage garden favourite.
I love Cornflowers, and it looks like you'll have quite a show :)
I had a big clump (nice word clump) of Centaura which the bees love - but this year I have dug it up and split it into about a dozen single plants and re-planted them for a better overall effect, I hope. (If they all take, that is).
Another lovely flower! Mine are mostly blue with a few pink ones but never any white ones. I'm going to have to buy a packet of seeds of the white variety!
Samantha Smith said:
I went mad with tall mixed cornflowers on plot last year, but boy did they look gorgeous. As soon as you started the walk up to the main path of the allotment, all you could see was a big cloud of blue (mingled with white and pink). Love them but will keep them off the main plot area this year and grow them at the back somewhere.