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Heavenly Blue Morning Glory

Ipomoea tricolor

A classic flower of late summer, in a celestial blue tone.

The morning glory's strong vines grow steadily–but require a framework of support to reach their maximum potential–and its glorious-yet-ephemeral blooms remind us to never take love or beauty for granted.  And at its core is a seed that can adapt to any circumstance, self-sowing readily and thriving even in difficult soils. In fact, morning glories flower most when faced with distress: drought and low-nutrient soils lead to blooms in profusion.

Made exclusively for The Olana Partnership. Morning glories still bloom in Olana's historic Mingled Flower Garden. Olana is the masterwork of Frederic Church (1826-1900), preeminent American artist of the 19th century, and the most intact historic artist's environment in the United States.

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Start indoors 4 weeks before last frost to ensure blooms in the summer. Score the tough exterior of the seed and soak for 24 hours, before starting them in pots. Transplant after last frost, when vines are just beginning to search for trellising; take care not to disturb the roots too much. Morning glories will climb on whatever you plant them near; they do well on fencing. Plant them on the north side of the garden to keep them from shading out other garden plants.

Days to Germination 7 to 21 days
Days to Maturity 110 days
Planting Depth ¼"
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36"
Height at Maturity 96-120"
Width at Maturity 10"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Wendy Hollender. Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, illustrator, author, and instructor. Hollender’s illustrations have been published in worldwide publications. Wendy is one of the world's leading experts in using colored pencils and watercolor pencils to create detailed botanical drawings and paintings.

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