8 Vir­ginia blue­bells

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MERTENSIA VIRGINICA, ZONES 3 TO 8

With a spray of nod­ding, dainty bell­shaped flow­ers, Vir­ginia blue­bells add so­phis­ti­ca­tion to any gar­den. Pink buds ap­pear as early as March. The flow­ers are pink at first but even­tu­ally turn blue. Plant this 1- to 2-foot charmer in the shade along­side sum­mer­time bloomers whose fo­liage can cover the spent wild­flower.

Why we love it: Blue­bell leaves die back in early sum­mer leav­ing room for gar­den com­pan­ions, like hostas.

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