Sunday, March 4, 2012

Moody Blues

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It seems that everyone loves the color blue. From the soft whisper of a watery sky to deepest midnight, blue is soothing, bringing a sense of peace within and connects us to nature.

I have shared ideas for using blue foliage in the garden but we can expand that concept to incorporate blue flowers and accents. Enjoy this post as a springboard for designing a monochromatic garden border or to simply add something new.

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To me a garden should never be without fragrance and one  of my favorites for summer has to be lavender. Last year I purchased 18 baby plants and grew them on to planting size in just a couple of months (an easy way to save money). I can't wait for their scent to fill the air around our new patio. 

Sweet peas are also an inexpensive way to bring heady perfume to the garden and with many single colored selections available you can easily find your favorite shade, especially if you grow them from seed. I plant mine against the fence of the vegetable garden where they keep the deer away but bring the pollinators in, in addition to countless bouquets for the home



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Late summer means hydrangeas - I only wish the deer didn't find them as attractive as I do. The seaside towns of England are adorned with gentle undulating mounds of these beauties, with pink being the most popular color - at least so my childhood memories tell me. Today I am drawn to  hydrangea in those softer shades of blue which gently fade to dusky lavender  but there are many others to choose from.







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Pathways can be beautiful as well as functional. Make each step part of a memorable journey by planting a cascading waterfall of low growing bellflowers (Campanula) alongside. In warmer climates choose from one of the many varieties of drought tolerant, heat loving succulents such as Echeveria instead.

Besides foliage and flowers what else can be used to bring the blues into the garden? I love these simple blue shutters against a whitewashed wall. This would be an easy way to transform the side of a garden shed, perhaps adding a mirror behind the window frame and a window box spilling over with blue lobelia. A coat of paint could also transform a bench, pergola or bridge.


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Art work is only as limited as your imagination - gazing balls, windchimes, statuary and birdbaths are just a few of the possibilities. Best of all these smaller pieces can be moved around on a whim to draw attention to a new areas of interest each season.


I fell in love with the color of these  containers as soon as I saw it. In fact I virtually ran across the nursery to get a closer look! Subtle shades of deeper blue and lavender peek through the almost-turquoise glaze adding depth and interest. Rather than plant the containers we asked glass artist Jesse Kelly to create this stunning glass sculpture which adds color and drama even in the snow. The lower container is a bubbling fountain with a hand blown glass ball bobbing on the surface. Lavender has been planted at its base - but was covered with snow on this January day!



For more ideas enjoy my Moody Blues board on Pinterest. Fresh inspiration every day.



5 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more about the appeal of blues in the garden on everything from flowers to furniture. I almost get thirsty (in a good way) when I see deep blues, and on glazed containers...oh, my, my. (If you find that yours have gone missing, you'll know who to blame.) My favorite spring flower, ipheion, should bloom in another couple of weeks in several shades of pale blue, and I am sooooo excited about it.

    That stairway is to die for.

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    1. Everyone loves the stairway!

      I haven't grown Ipheoin - do email me a photo when it blooms.

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  2. Great way to show blue things in garden design,thank you!

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  3. Hello, Karen, I was euphoric over the stairway - just about the prettiest I have ever seen, and then I saw your blue pots with the glass sculpture! Wow! You know I love blue in the garden, and now my brain cells are going to be churning out blue pot/glass sculpture dreams!

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    1. You are too funny! Between you and Stacy I'll have to put the dog on watch for my containers :). Thought you'd like this post.

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