We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Tuesday February 19 , 2019

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Garden Design Quick Tip - Colour - The Benefits of Blue

Posted by on in Garden Design
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 2149
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

echinops ritro veitch's blueDid you know that blue is a fantastic colour to use in the garden because it's so versatile? It has a recessive quality to it which some people may find ambiguous but it is that exact quality that makes it such a useful colour to use in a garden design.  Simply by receding, it can be used to blend other colours together in planting; or to create an illusion of depth be that in planting or within the landscaping materials; it also has an ability to pick up the mood of its neighbouring plants too.

Blue can add depth and space to a garden so it’s a great colour to use at the back of a border to make it seem like the vista is extending even further.  There are so many different hues and tones of colours but pale blue for example, can add lightness through intense saturated hues – think of cornflowers on a hot-summers day!  

It also works really well in shady areas as it picks up the light and this colour is well known for creating calm, restful and contemplative spaces.  So with that in mind it’s really important to use the right colour in your garden to obtain the right feel and ambience that you are trying to create.

Some well known blue plants you might think of straight away are Ceanothus, Muscari, Iris and Geraniums but here are a few others that we use in our planting schemes:

Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’  is popular for its globes of blue flowers (see main pic) which contrast so well with other plant forms, they stand around 1m in height and 45cm in width so is ideally suited to the middle or back of a sunny border.  It will also attract lots of pollinating insects to your gardens which can only be an added bonus!

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ has indigo blue flowers on spikes that liven up a border in early to mid summer; it stands around 80cm in height and 50cm in width.  It looks great in an herbaceous border and is a reliable perennial which will keep coming back year after year making it a good investment.  It prefers well drained but moist soil, plant this and you’ll notice pollinating insects visiting your garden!

Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ this is also known as Russian sage, it has aromatic leaves and upright silvery grey spires with blue tubular shaped flowers.  Often mistaken as a perennial but it is in fact a shrub and will typically flower in August and September. It can get to around 1.2m in height and 1m width and is happiest in full sun.  Plant it near a pathway where you can enjoy its fragrance.

Don’t forget you don’t have to just have blue flowers in the garden to create that blue theme you can match your gates, doors or even paint obelisks in this colour too which will create dynamism, cohesion and flow right through your garden. 

We’ve created a Pinterest board for ‘Blue’ in the garden, take a peek here www.pinterest.com/bluedaisyuk/colour-wheel-blue/



  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

watering cottage gardens Laurel garden design trends autumn garden green spaces Bamboo Hidcote Events & Shows unity repetition RHS Hampton Court sound in the garden Birmingham Library Futurescape traditional style career in horticulture deer James Wong Great British Garden Revival Narcissus Kew Gardens NSALG Wildflowers June garden Chelsea Physic Garden scented shrubs Prince Harry grey water Perennial plants Greenhouse November garden garden design January garden Glasshouse Jekka McVicar gardening on tv wildlife Phyllostachys nigra garden design tip Alys Fowler February kerb-side appeal water Ashwood Nurseries April garden vertical garden eco-friendly Capability Brown paving Taxus Horticulture water conservation Moss Bank Park Berginia front garden Blue Daisy Urban Heat Island productive garden Rachel de Thame Buxus Seed sowing plant pots Mrs Loudon gravel structure drought Winter shrubs Horticulturalist spring bulbs water butt Lawrence Johnston twitter kitchen garden winter garden build legacy gift roof garden contemporary National Gardening Week Coastal plants pests colour in your garden rococo Absorb pollution RHS Chelsea sorbus grow your own Monty Don CorTen steel BBC wild flowers CorTen Crocus Daffodils Briza maxima Sophie Raworth hydroponic hard landscaping February garden Urban Heat Island Effect Cambridge botanical garden GYO water feature July garden Chris Beardshaw Achillea Highgrove Stone Lane Gardens reclaimed materials RHS Malvern New York Highline ornamental grasses Chelsea Flower Show doddington hall house plants elm RHS women and work award Lantra Berberis bulbs Wisley Hosta blue RHS Tatton Park Alan Titchmarsh pond show gardens sweat peas herbs Nicki Jackson winner snow rock gardens spring garden September garden herbaceous borders surfaces August garden birch garden advice at home Kelmarsh Hall Cut flowers basil form acer Euphorbia saving water National Trust John Massey Joe Swift movement in the garden pollinating insects Floating Paradise Gardens of London topiary alpines Garden Planning lawn care timber Fleece recycled materials Malvern Hills rosemary roof gardens bulb display March garden Shrubs May garden garden focal points rainwater harvesting Charlie Dimmock heatwave stonemarket Selfridges Roof Garden December garden sunflowers bees ash Acuba Kensington Roof Garden watering can Geranium courtyard Decking planning your garden edible garden show Horticultural Cloches Cosmos astrosanguineus Matt James Toby Buckland pollinators garden Gardeners World garden room Trees ha ha composting Carol Klein Ilex Spring shrubs cyclamen summer garden Echinacea Joseph Banks Joanna Lumley Snowdrops terracota cottage garden Stoneleigh Herb patio poppies HTA hosepipe Tom Hart-Dyke Levens Hall HNC Herb garden London Malvern Spring Show October garden

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog

Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.