Alice Spenser-Higgs
3 minute read
26 Jan 2020
8:31 am

The most elusive flower colours

Alice Spenser-Higgs

For drought tolerance, little can beat the many varieties of blue salvia, that are also a magnet for bees and butterflies.

Good for shade: Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’. Picture: Supplied

This year’s Pantone colour of the year is classic blue, one of the most popular yet most elusive flower colours. That is because the blue pigment is not found in all flowers, making the range of “true blue” flowers quite small. However, many flowers which are described as blue often have a tinge of purple, adding a dreamy softness to the garden that other flowers can’t emulate. The reason why blue is so effective is because it is a soothing and restful colour, that creates a sense of distance and space. It is a well-known landscape design trick to use...