A Glorious Combination
Growing morning glories (Ipomoea) in my Maine garden is an iffy proposition (see Morning Glories in Maine), but my Gettysburg Pennsylvania garden, just north of the Mason-Dixon line, is perfect for these colorful fall flowers. Each year, I buy a packet of morning glory seeds and plant them along the bottom of the patio fence in early May. Just before I leave for Maine about three weeks later, I thin them out and start to train them up the twine I have attached to the fence for this purpose. And voila!, when I return to Gettysburg in late August for the start of the school year, I find morning glories blooming on the fence. Even better, they continue to bloom for another two months or more (well after any growing in my Maine garden have been turned to black mush by frost).
Up until now, my morning glory of choice has always been Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue.’ I love their intense blue flowers with just a hint of pink at the center. But last spring, while I was shopping in my local Agway store for flower seeds, I succumbed to the charms of ‘Blues Brothers,’ a combination of two different colors of Ipomoea tricolor, one an intense blue very much like ‘Heavenly Blue’ (but without the hint of pink) and the other a pale aqua.
Now that these are blooming on my fence, I am completely smitten with them. When I go downstairs each morning after waking, I rush to the patio door to look out at their blooms. And each morning they take my breath away.
In my Maine garden, where the morning glories bloom more sparsely and where they share space with the strong presence of Rudbeckia ‘Herbstsonne,’ I will continue to prefer the intense color of ‘Heavenly Blue.’ But in my Gettysburg garden, where morning glory blooms dominate the patio area in fall, the glorious combination of ‘Blues Brothers’ is perfect. I will definitely look for these again in spring.