Garden Design 101: Using Blue Elements in the Garden

Garden Design 101: Using Blue Elements in the Garden

Blue is one of the most coveted colors in the garden. See why.
Blue is everywhere in our world. It’s the color of the sky. And it’s the color of water in all its forms:  rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans. This color is described in religious reverence: heavenly blue.

So it’s no wonder that blue is one of the most coveted colors in the garden. Here are other reasons (and ways) to use blue in your garden, porch, and patio. 

Add blue accents in your garden  
A blue bench, blue pots, and other blue accents placed around the yard or patio add bits of this coveted color. Use this color sporadically in the landscape to create a sense of calm. Another benefit of sprinkling blue throughout the landscape is that it creates a sense of continuity. 

Create good feng shui with blue elements
The art of feng shui emphasizes five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. The color blue, of course, mirrors the color of water, which brings calm and peace. The color blue is also creates relaxation and healing.

Case in point: Just think about how you feel on a beach with the blue sea at your feet and the blue sky above. Harness the power of blue to create little spots of relaxation in your garden. A cobalt blue bistro set? Powder blue toss pillows on a bench? A blue pot of yellow flowers on a teak dining table. 

Cool off with blue blooms
Compared to other flower colors, blue is more uncommon. Perhaps that is what makes it most coveted. Blue flowers offer cool elegance to any area of the garden or patio, particularly during the dog days of summer. (Here's how to coordinate colors like a pro.)

Blue-flowering plants, planted en masse, make a swath of coolness in a a garden. Individual blue-flowering plants also make great mixers. They blend well with almost any other color, especially blue’s complimentary color which is orange. But blue also pairs well with white, yellow, or pink blooms. 

Blue flowers have a tendency to disappear when viewed from a distance so keep them up close in beds and containers where you can enjoy their cooling hues. Discover more about using blue flowers in your garden.

Choose annuals, such as lobelia, morning glories, bachelor buttons, scaevola, and ageratum.

Perennials in blue hues include agapanthus, delphinium, salvia, plumbago, and hydrangea.

Written by Karen Weir-Jimerson