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To come across a stand of bluebells in bloom in the woods is a dream. Bluebells is among our most revered of wildflowers, perhaps because their beauty is so fleeting. Arranged in clusters, the tubular clear-blue flowers that flare at the mouth open from pink buds. Lance-shape foliage emerges purplish-brown but becomes a medium green before going dormant after bloom time. Plan to fill bluebells' place in the border. It prefers moisture-retentive soil in sun or light shade, especially at midday. Excellent with spring bulbs.
The aromatic 6-inch-wide, lobed leaves of bigroot geranium contrast well with those of Virginia bluebells. They bloom at the same time and present a vibrant magenta and blue picture.Bergenia
The cabbagelike foliage of heart-leaf bergenia provides a nice textural contrast for bluebells leaves. Heart-leaf bergenia blooms with clusters of rosy flowers at the same time as Virginia bluebells.Phlox
Blooming at the same time as Virginia bluebells in a wide range of whites, pinks, and lavenders, moss phlox makes a fine companion. Its low mounds of spiky leaves contrast strikingly with those of bluebells.