Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals
A New Flower That Will "Blue" Your Mind
by Susan Littlefield
Blue is always a sought after color in the garden. For easy color in this hue all summer long, try the new hybrid dwarf morning glory Blue My Mind™ (Evolvulus 'USEVO1201') from Proven Winners. Rated as a top performer in a number of trial gardens last year, this heat lover thrives in hot weather and high humidity, unfurling its nickel-sized, beautiful true blue flowers all summer long. The silvery green foliage sets off the sky blue of the blossoms nicely. You don't even need to deadhead to keep the show going.
Blue My Mind™ has a mounded trailing habit, reaching 6 to 12 inches high and trailing as much as 24 inches, making it perfect for hanging baskets, as a ″spiller″ in a container planting, or as a groundcover. A tender perennial, grow it as an annual north of zone 9 and be sure to protect it from frost.
For the best performance, grow Blue My Mind™ in full sun, feed with a slow-release fertilizer, and keep well watered for several weeks after planting. While it is drought tolerant once it's established, you'll get better growth and flowering if you provide consistent moisture. Look for this plant at local garden stores.
To learn more about this dwarf morning glory, go to Proven Winners.