Wednesday, August 02, 2006
In our late summer garden, rich, vibrant blue flowers are not exactly taking over the place. These two gentians are thus very welcome sights; most gentians do not appreciate the bake-oven we call Iowa summer, but these two species have thrived for many years with absolutely no help from me.Above is G. paradoxa, and below G. asclepiadea. Paradoxa I have growing through a yellow-leaved ground cover, to a startling effect... it is a small clumper-creeper, with astonishingly blue up-facing trumpets. Asclepiadea is the willow-leaved gentian; a clump of arching stems. with purplish-blue trumpets growing out of the axils... two blue warriors for the late summer garden.