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Look at the delicate little flax plant with its masses of open, silky flowers, often in purest blue, and it's hard to imagine that it can also produce tough linen fibers. Each bloom lasts but a day, but the plant stays in bloom for a while since it produces so many -- not only in blue, but also clear yellow, depending on the variety.
Flax must have a light, free-draining soil. Wet feet will kill it. Flax enjoys full sun but will tolerate light shade, especially in the Southern portion of the United States.
The glamorous red, pink, or white flowers of peonies are fine partners for the more airy blue flax in sunny beds and borders.Shasta daisy
Single- or double-flower Shasta daisies mix well with yellow or blue flax over several weeks in sunny gardens.Veronica
The dense flower spikes of deep blue speedwell provide an upright dimension against yellow or blue flax.Evening primrose
Common sundrops bears large goblet-shape flowers of clear yellow and is a fine companion for yellow or blue flax. Both thrive in very well-drained soil in sun.