Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Blue in the garden
I’ve never particularly cared for the color blue, actually avoided it for many years. But slowly blue foliage has started to win me over. I suppose it all started with the big blue Yucca Rostrata. Other smaller Y. rostrata have been added. Of course the blue Agaves are a favorite. Along with the Blue Senecio. Since my garden is rather foliage based the blue is a nice visual break from all the shades of green. In much the same way that green foliage often performs as a visual break in flower-heavy gardens. But of course there are a few fabulous blue flowers that must be included… And even blue berries (not in my garden, unfortunately) Combined with blue poppy foliage. When combined with a little dark dusky purple blue can take on a deep mysterious quality. One of my favorite blues in other peoples gardens are grasses. For some reason I always fail (they die) when I try to include these blue grasses in my garden, so I’ve learned to appreciate them elsewhere. They even look good in an ignored commercial street side planting! I think these folks wanted more blue in their garden than foliage or flower could supply. Of course there is one type of blue you should never, ever, include in your garden. The dreaded blue tarp.