By B. Rosie Lerner
To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial this year, the Garden Club of Indiana and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission are hoping gardeners will join the Blue & Gold garden tribute to Indiana’s state flag. It’s an easy way for all Indiana residents to commemorate the bicentennial. If you don’t have a traditional garden bed, there are many fine choices for container gardens.
There’s a vast array of garden flowers that can fit in the blue-and-gold theme. Some “blue” flowers are more purple than blue and, likewise, some “gold” flowers are more yellow. Most annual flowers will bloom throughout the growing season.
The following flowers can be grown throughout the state. All are full-sun plants unless otherwise noted.
Annuals with Blue Flowers
(Note: Some may be purplish blue.)
Brachyscome (swan river daisy)
Callistephus (China aster)
Felicia (blue daisy)
Limonium (annual statice)
Scaevola (fan flower)
Begonia, Tuberous (semi-shade, shade)
Coleus (some with yellow foliage)
Iresine (some with yellow foliage)
For more information on Indiana’s bicentennial activities, see www.indianagardenclub.org/ and www.in.gov/ibc/.
For more information on annuals, see Purdue Extension: hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-99W.pdf and hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-080.pdf.
Rosie Lerner is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent to: “Ask Rosie,” Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224, orec@ElectricConsumer.org