I find they grow so much better at my camper where they grow in the wild. At home they need lots of watering if planted in the ground. I do mulch with pine needles a couple times a year.
I have much better luck growing them in mum pots in semi-shade. These need to be watered at least once a week, more in the hot dry summer time. In the pots they send roots down to the bottom of the pot. I don't see them going dormant anytime till frost hits them.
These were planted in August at my camper around a pine tree. That has been the best place to plant them for me.
This is the same ones blooming the next spring. Alternating light blue with white with orange crest.
The far ring was started with 6 fans in 1991. Just the common blue. About 1995 the other 2 were started. Many hundreds have been given away and planted along the trails at the campground. Quite a few seeds were donated to SIGNA.
I no longer still have that campsite. The people whom had it last year are moving this year. They kept them. Hoping the people who move in do the same. I did very little weeding other them pulling some grass. When watering the other flowers they were watered sometimes.