The color blue can look very different depending on the level of light. Here are some tips for incorporating blue flowers into sun and shade gardens:
- Blues show up best and look their most stylish in shade. If you don’t have the space to grow drifts of bluebells, try planting blue-flowered bulbs such as Grecian windflower (Anenome blanda, Zones 5–8) or low-growing perennials such as blue-eyed Mary (Omphalodes cappadocica, Zones 6–8). Blue flowers look especially good against the bark of a white birch tree.
- Blues in sunshine appear purple or pinkish, so they look best in a sunny site teamed with pinks and mauves to produce subtle harmonies. For example, pale blue veronicas, pink geraniums and alliums combine to create a simple but harmonious planting.
Read more about light’s effects on color in the garden
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