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Too few gardeners know or grow Mertensia virginica, the Virginia Bluebell. Yet, it is an early, low-growing perennial thats hardy, content with average soil in semi-shade or full sun, requires no special skill to cultivate and is not bothered with insects.
Mertensia virginica has a purple tube and blue bells and theres a variety (rubra) that is pink. A combination of these two against the dense, deep greens of foundation plantings is a sight thats delicate and rare.
Used for edging driveways, walks and perennial beds, Virginia blue-bells are lovely. But loveliest of all are these flowers planted against ferns or when grown in great, rich masses. For arrangements, my favorite combination is bluebells, blue and pink, with daffodils.
Virginia Bluebells Early Spring Clusters of Blue
The Virginia Bluebells is one of the most delightful flowers in my garden in early Spring.