Blue Star –
Amsonia jonesii is a very adaptable western native that will thrive in an unwatered xeriscape once it is established. It also does very well in an ordinary garden. Amsonia jonesii has light blue flowers that bloom from April through June on top a mounding green foliage. In fall, the foliage turns a clear yellow. Plant Blue Star along borders, in rockscapes, or any space that doesn’t get a lot of water.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Plant it in full sun or partial shade and moist soil of average fertility. If grown in too much shade or very rich soil, its habit will be open and floppy.
It is low-maintenance, easy to grow and trouble-free. This plant grows fairly large but it will not need to be divided for many years. Cutting the stems back to within 6-8″ of the ground after flowering will result in fuller growth.
Catmint – The billowy mounds of ‘Walker’s Low’ or ‘Six Hills Giant’ catmint produce their first cycle of bloom at the same time as amsonia. Their purplish-blue blooms make a wonderful companion to those of amsonia.
Iris – Deep-purple ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris creates a lovely foil for amsonia. The grasslike, vertical iris leaves contrast beautifully with the feathery mounds of amsonia foliage.
Veronica – The pink, blue, or white spires of spike speedwell shine when placed in front of amsonia. The first flush of bloom coincides with that of amsonia, and later cycles use amsonia foliage as a backdrop.