This family of primarily blue flower perennials is intriguing to me. I don’t know of any other gardeners that do not like Gentian. Depending on the species, some bloom in spring and others in the fall or close to it. It is commonly known that Gentians are not easy to keep in the garden. I need to remind myself to pay more attention to them; still learning.
I am trying to increase the varieties we have; still in an early stage of collecting.
This is probably the most showy Gentian in my garden. I hope the voles are willing to leave me some as each season progresses.
This is an interesting Gentian with flowers that do not open, so called ‘bottle gentian’. I came across some similar Gentian flowers (white form) growing wild at our cottage (most likely Gentiana clausa alba which is native to our area). If you wonder how they pollinate without opening the flower, apparently, they allow large bees to muscle in to pollinate.
Gentiana clusii ssp. undulatifolia
I grow this from seeds obtained from ORGHPS. This Gentian appears to be vigorous and bushy with beautiful dark green foliage. If they turn out to be not invasive (like self sow wildly), they will make ideal ground cover everywhere around the garden for edging the front of borders and paths.
Gentiana pumila v. delphinensis
Gentiana septemfida ‘Lagodechiana’
I acquired a Gentiana septemfida ‘Lagodechiana’ in one of those casual browsing at a garden centre. It was doing really well for many years before it was completely destroyed by voles one year. It indicated to me that some Gentians are not difficult to grow. The lesson was to take divisions and keep as many around as possible.
Gentiana ‘True Blue’
This is one of the best blue Gentians, and appears to be willing to live in my garden.