THE BLUE AND SILVER GARDEN
THIS IS THE PART OF THE GARDEN RESERVED FOR THE USE OF COLOR; MOOD; AND DESIGN FOR HERB SPACES
Silver and blue tones are common and in a sense unique to the world of herbs. Lavenders, artemisias, sages and baptisia combined with blue and sometimes white flowers add to make our vignette.
Why blue? Blue brings the sky down to the garden. Blue is comforting like a soft faded pair of blue jeans. Blue conveys a sense of tranquility. It can slow the pulse, reduce body temperature and limit the appetite. It is associated with authority and security, truth and wisdom. It makes you want to linger. Gardeners find the combination of blue and silver irresistable. Blue flowers scattered through the garden can have a mystical, tranquilizing effect.
Silver foliage can be spun through the garden like a silver thread. This is amazing at dusk, slightly after dark or even on a gray day. Artemisias such as silver mound, silver king, dusty miller or Russian sage can provide luminescence. White flowers such as candy tuft or allyssum will also enhance this effect.
The daytime effect of silvers will be enhanced by adding contrasting dark greens such as boxwood. Silver herbs can be dried and used in making wreaths or to add color interest to potpourri.
PLANTS IN THE BLUE AND SILVER GARDEN INCLUDE: Cray santolina, curry, lavender, violas, bachelor buttons and baptisia.