Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Off We Go, into the Wild Blue Wonders of Nature's Beauty

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Off We Go, into the Wild Blue Wonders of Nature's Beauty

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Byline: By Dill Lishman

Blues and lavender through to deep purples - immediately they evoke a dreamy, romantic landscape; there is something ethereal about blue, like the sea and the sky it suggests infinity.

In common with green, blue is the most agreeable of colours in the garden, mixing so well with all other colours that it's almost a waste to create a totally blue border.

Blue harmonises with other cool colours such as violet and blue/greens, and takes a passive role in combination with yellow or orange, making them appear even brighter in its company.

Coolness is the primary characteristic of blue; this coolness creates a mood of spaciousness, relaxation, tranquillity. Imagine a bluebell-carpeted wood on an early spring day - it almost invites you to dive in and makes the landscape appear to go on forever.

Often, for this reason, it makes good sense to plant blue flowered shrubs at the perimeter of your garden, as they take the eye away off into the distance.

Ceanothus, blue clematis, hydrangeas, buddleja and lilac create an ideal backdrop for so many other colours that they are almost the "frame" for the picture that is your garden.

When using blue within the borders, a good idea is to create small pockets of intense blues, for example violas and veronicas backed by campanulas and delphiniums makes for a vivid little grouping, especially in an area designed to feel cool in summer.

This is preferable to continuing the blue theme on a large scale, where the eye would begin to long for the contrast of some yellows or creams or the harmonies offered by pink or purple.

Combining blue with yellow or gold - although not exactly opposites on the colour wheel, yellow and blue do act as complementary colours, as light and shade. Consider lupins and verbascums alongside delphiniums, catmint and salvia patens, for a mid-summer planting

Lime green - this is a combination to add some "zing" and freshness to the garden. Think of bluebells and newly- emerging beech leaves in the wild, euphorbias and forget-me-nots in late spring, a blue clematis climbing up through the limey leaves of the golden hop . …

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