|Breathe new life into a purple and gold color scheme |
by adding a touch of blue
I know chartreuse foliage is all the rage – and has been for about ten years now, but I find myself increasingly drawn to the blues. They nicely break up swathes of green yet don’t startle one quite so much as a sudden blast of lime green.
|Blue hued hostas combine with blue fescue grass. The delicate|
white flowers are from Sichuan deutzia (Deutzia setchuenensis var. corymbiflora)
which add confetti-like charm to the combination.
|Look at the way the purple vein in |
this ornamental cabbage repeats
the color of the verbena flower.
The rich barberry foliage adds depth.
| 'Lovesick blues' has a much |
softer texture than other rushes.
Photo credit; Walla Walla nursery.
It’s easy to add spiky texture with blue plants as there are several lovely blue toned grasses readily available. One of my favorites is the mounding blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) which takes sun or part shade and is more reliable here in the Seattle area than the more commonly used blue fescue (Festuca glauca). The latter often struggles with wet winters and excessive cold, needing to be replaced every three years or so. The blue oat grass on the other hand has stronger blades, is a brighter steel blue and just keeps getting bigger and better.
|This conifer 'Blue surpise' false cypress reinforces the blue, |
lilac and white color scheme
|The succulent Senecio 'Blue chalk fingers' adds color and texture|
For a great book on foliage including blue tones you won't do better than Foliage by Nancy Ondra.