Woodland flowers steal the show in spring when they put on their blooms before the overhead trees leaf out and block the sun. One of the prettiest of the bunch is the Virginia Bluebell. Also called Virginia Cowslip, since its blossom petals resemble the shape of a cow's lip, this woodland favorite can be found in the eastern half of the country. Sometimes in fields, sometimes in sunny patches in forests, Virginia bluebells' powdery blue petals bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer.
A partially shady spot in the yard or beside the house would work well for Virginia Bluebells. These flowers like well-drained soil, so be sure to amend your native soil with compost or a product such as Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Garden Soil.
Virginia Bluebells grow well from seed, but it can take 3 years before they bloom. If you want a large area filled with these plants, seeding is the way to go. If you want to plant a smaller area, you can buy plants in containers from local and online nurseries. Or you can divide existing stands in the fall before the plant goes completely dormant. Once you have a stand of Virginia Bluebells established, they're hardy and will form large groupings that will delight the eye every spring.