plumbago (aka leadwort), beautiful blue! // The generic name, derived from the Latin words plumbum ("lead") and agere ("to resemble"), was first used by Pliny the Elder (23-79) for a plant known as μολυβδαινα (molybdaina) to Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40-90). This may have referred to its lead-blue flower colour (OED), the ability of the sap to create lead-colored stains on skin, or Pliny's belief that the plant was a cure for lead poisoning.
Phlox - Perhaps phlox's popularity at weddings is due to its meaning: "unification of the souls." These dainty flowers originated in North America, where they are a backyard staple. With large clusters of small-petaled, disk-shaped blossoms atop branching stems, phlox provides a lush backdrop for featured flowers in a bouquet or arrangement. Season: June-November Colors: white, orange, pink, red, purple Cost: $$
I like Blue plumbago because it is a heavy bloomer, drought tolerant, not a nutrient hog, covers ugly chain link and walls in a snap, takes seriously heavy pruning, attracts all sorts of pollinators, and is BLUE. :) Mix with orange bougainvillea for something spectacularly pretty! <3 ~A.