Blue spikes in the garden are always welcome and ‘Goodness Grows’ is one of the best. The deep blue flowers clothe erect stems to form a bushy clump about 12” high over a long bloom season. Deadheading prolongs the bloom time and cutting the plant back by half results in a second bloom so you can have ‘Goodness Grows’ blooming most of the gardening season beginning in spring. Use at the front of the border, in rock garden or as a ground cover. Good cut flower.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Deep blue flowers are borne in 6” racemes beginning in late spring.

Foliage: Lanceolate, medium green leaves

Size: 10-12” H x 6-12” W

Light: Full sun; tolerates light shade

Soil: Average, moist, well-drained; does not tolerate wet soil especially in winter

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Deadhead to prolong bloom; cut back to ½ after bloom for rebloom; divide every 2-3 years in spring.

Pests and Diseases: None of importance; susceptible to rot in wet soil

Propagation: Division in spring

Companion plants: Red oriental poppy, ‘Big Ear’ lamb’s ear, tickseed ‘Moonbean’ (Coreopsis verticilla ‘Moonbeam’).

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By Karen