Guest post by garden accessories specialist Grand Illusions.
1) Centaurea cyanus
This is the national flower of Germany and is commonly known as the cornflower or the knapweed. The top part of the plant has tons of stems that produce many flowers. The flowers are striking because of their vivid azure color. It is the national flower thanks to the tale of Queen Louise of Prussia, who fled Berlin pursued by Napoleon’s forces. The tale has her hiding her children in a field of cornflowers and keeping them quiet by weaving them wreaths made from the flowers.
2) Anchusa officinalis
Commonly called the common alkanet or the common bugloss, it can grow as an annual that re-seeds itself or as a biennial flower. The flowers are small, radial and symmetrical with 5 sapphire blue colored petals and a white or yellow center.
3) Cynoglossum officinale
More commonly known as the gypsy flower or hound’s tongue, these flowers are about a third of an inch across and feature five petals fused at the base. The colors of the flowers can range from a dull red to purple resembling the look of faded jeans. The name hound’s tongue comes from the belief that it could ward off attacks by hounds if a leaf were to be worn in one’s shoe. It has also been called rats and mice due to its smell.
4) Myosotis Sylvatica
Better known to most folks as “forget me nots”, myosotis sylvatica are herbaceous perennials, but can be biennials depending on growing conditions. A smaller, bushier plant, the flowers of this plant bloom in bunches of beautiful, sky-blue colored petals with yellowish edges. They are easily cared for and grow in rich, most soil in shade. “Forget me nots” can also have their beds reseeded which results in thicker, denser flower growths in later years.
5) Matricaria recutita
Also called the German Chamomile, this flower is distinguished by its large yellow center which protrudes from the stem, pointing the flowers white petals downward. Blooming in the early stages of summer, this flower has an aromatic fragrance and has been used in many herbal remedies similar to other types of chamomile. Open soil is required for the flowers seeds to live.
Photo by: Euroangel