Pictures by Plumb Pixel Photography
A warm, dry spring is visiting this year. If our weather is similar to that of last year, by the middle of June many plants blooming now, and that would normally bloom into summer, will be fading fast as a result of heat and drought. Plants that hang on, tough out our hot, dry springs and bloom into and through summer are a welcome sight. Some shrubs will bloom through summer months – roses come to mind – but few perennials will hold up through August and look as good as they did in June.
One such perennial is Scabiosa columbiaria, ‘Butterfly Blue’. Not only does it begin summer with a large, lively bloom, it retains its enthusiasm through the hottest, driest months with ease. And, of course, it serves an important function in the garden. As the name implies, it will attract large numbers of butterflies to your garden – and you can’t go wrong with that.
‘Butterfly Blue’ Scabiosa likes full sun and well-drained soil. It seems to like as much heat as it can get here in the PNW, so I grow it near our raised vegetable beds where it receives reflected light and heat from the stone surround and walk-way. The only care it needs is to be deadheaded occasionally and some supplemental water if we have no rain. It’s an easy plant to grow that gives big rewards for small effort.
Plumb Pixel Photography, Terri Johnson, Owner