Anybody know a blue flowered climber

Ste73Ste73 Posts: 5
Hi all, I volunteer at a school and am looking to plant up the entrance in school colours (blue and white). Can anybody suggest a perennial climber with preferably royal blue flowers. It's quite a sunny spot and would need to be quite low maintenance. Thank-you
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  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 503
    Only one I know is Sollya heterophylla, the Australian bluebell creeper, but it's not fully hardy in the UK.  I lost a couple to frost in London.  Depends on what you consider to be blue, lots of Clematis are blue/purple (but I would personally say they are really purple and not true blue).
  • Ste73Ste73 Posts: 5
    Thanks I'll look into that. I totally agree, to me blue is blue, but in the plant world it seems blue is actually purple, that's why I'm struggling to find one.
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 528
    Some ceanothus climb but they really are shrubs so depends on the space.
    Are you growing in tubs or the ground?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 21,944
    edited 18 July
    Aconitum Hemsleyanum, but it'll have "elf'n'safety" issues because it's poisonous, ( but so are rhubarb leaves)
    Devon.
  • Ste73Ste73 Posts: 5
    edited 18 July
    In the ground against the school fence K67.
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 338
    If you were prepared to have an annual,  Ipomea has blue varieties. Perhaps you could grow it through a white climber? Or, would it be possible to use a blue flowered shrub through which a white climber could be trained?
  • Ste73Ste73 Posts: 5
    I was hoping to have both colour climbers Joy*, white doesn't seem a problem, will probably go for Jasmine, but blue always seems to actually be purple. Also was hoping for perennial as the school finance office would be happier
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 21,944
    Ste73 said:
    I was hoping to have both colour climbers Joy*, white doesn't seem a problem, will probably go for Jasmine, but blue always seems to actually be purple. Also was hoping for perennial as the school finance office would be happier
    I know school budgets are tight, but a packet of seeds once a year? Surely it could be justified on the educational benefits of teaching pupils about sowing seeds/ germination/ planting?
    Devon.
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 338
    Hostafan is right. I bought a packet of Ipomea Heavenly blue 4 years ago and am still using it. I keep the seed packets in a tin in the shed and surprisingly they still germinated this year. For the price of a perennial climber, you could buy lots of seed and compost.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 21,944
    Why not start a " gardening club" to involve the pupils in growing flowers and fruit and veg? Even a sunny concrete corner could be utilised if suitable planters are installed.
    Devon.
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