U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Monday, July 18, 2011

Corydalis In My Shade Garden

Corydalis elata
Part Shade
Moderate moisture
Height 18" Width 12"
 - 10 degrees F (- 23 degrees C)

Corydalis shihmiensis "Berry Exciting"
Part shade
Moderate moisture
Height 13" Width 16"
-15 degree F (-25 degree C)

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  1. That is one gorgeous flower that I HAVE TO HAVE in my garden. Will look for it when in Olympia in August.
    Just exquisite floral, Tatyana. TY for sharing.

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~

  2. Hi Tatyana,

    Ohhh I love the blue and purple versions! We used to have the yellow one all over a few years ago when I lived in a different house but haven't seen the blues in real life before!

    Very pretty indeed :)

  3. Very, very handsome color here!

  4. "Berry Exciting" is right! I love them both. Excellent photos.

  5. AnonymousJuly 18, 2011

    What an eye-popping color! Thanks for the photos.

  6. Wonderful color and a very beautiful set of images. Great work.

  7. Pretty Tanya. I love the foliage too. Great pics.

  8. Tatyana, What a beautiful plant. I have never seen that one before! Awesome color and you have captured it in a great way! Great photography work! Thanks for the comments on my potting/container gardening system that my husband built. He is very handy in the garden and very creative! I can't take the credit, that for sure!
    Thanks for sharing your photos!
    Happy Gardening!

  9. I so love blue flowers and these are so delicate and lovely! And as always, your photographs are simply stunning!

  10. That blue is amazing. I've never seen anything like it.

  11. That is a gorgeous blue! Lovely, lovely!

    I went over to the White Garden at Duke Gardens yesterday -- you are right -- it is wonderful! I didn't have my camera since we didn't plan to go, but stopped on the way to another place. I took a few cell phone photos.

  12. Tatyana, What an absolutely beautiful shade of blue on that corydalis. Beautiful. Nice shots. Jack

  13. AnonymousJuly 18, 2011

    Tatyana, Corydalis elata is an amazing shade of blue. Just looking at it makes me feel elated! :-) -Jean

  14. Something my gardening friends nor myself has had any luck with here... absolutely beautiful! Lucky you! Larry

  15. lovely flowers and lovely shots too! i enjoyed looking at them. thanks for sharing!-angel

  16. They look so beautiful and enchanting in the close-up photos, amazingly blue! I noticed you cleared up your site, more interesting! Maybe i should do that too!

  17. The corydalis is a very pretty plant, I have a shade garden that is sparsely planted, it just may have found a new plant.

  18. I'm a real sucker for blue flowers and these are spectacularly gorgeous! The blue is amazing!!!! Fantastic!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  19. LOVE that blue! Your photos are terrific.

  20. I remember when those first came into the garden centers. We were one of the only stores to carry it for awhile. Oh it was the darling of the gardeners....

    Yours are beautiful.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  21. Tatyana these are stunning, I love blue, I tried Corydalis once and it didn't return the next year but you are encouraging me to try again, thanks, Frances

  22. Tatyana, this Corydalis elata is quite a lovely plant that I have never seen before. Thanks for featuring it on your blog! I am always on the hunt for beautiful blue flowering plants and will try to find out if I can grow it here in San Diego, Southern California. Judging from the way it looks probably not. It seems to like moisture and humidity, which we don't exactly have :-( .

  23. Great pictures of an unusual plant. I love the chartreuse foliage of the second variety.

  24. AnonymousJuly 19, 2011

    My favorite blue, I must look into this one. Beautiful shots also.

  25. oooh, I'm so glad I came by ~ I've been absent for quite awhile but how lucky to stop today ~ your corydalis are BEAUTIFUL. The very first photo is a total knock out. I tried corydalis a few years back but it definitely wasn't happy in my garden. I can see they love yours. The yellow foliage of 'berry exciting' is very attractive too.

  26. A couple of beauties! Love that blue. Will have to investigate those for my garden!

  27. I'm so drawn to blue in a garden

  28. Your Corydalis are gorgeous, seem to have the magic touch, and, just the right climate! My 3 varieties are not large yet...and I just noticed today thatone of them is completely dead...C. 'Blue Heron'. Sad! Our extreme 100+ temps were just too much for it, I think. C. 'Berry Exciting' and C. 'Canary Feathers' both did produce decent blooms, but the plants are not anything to look at...certainly when I compare them to yours!! I love your first blue one, that shade of blue is just stunning;-)


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