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Colour - Blue

If you live near the coast in a warm climate you have a high chance of having interior furnishings or wall colours in blue. This may be a simple generalisation however blue is a reliable colour that is accepted by both males and females.


Blue is a calming colour and understandably is well suited to decorate the home. It is also a great colour to use in the landscape to create a relaxing mood or to a create focal point.


External structures and barriers can be painted in the same tones of blue that occur within your house to create a natural flow from inside to out. Even cushion colours used inside can be duplicated for outdoor entertainment areas. These techniques are the simplest solutions to create harmony between the two spaces.

To enhance the theme through the garden, blue flowering plants should be used, as well as contrasting orange coloured plants.


Blue flowers:-

  • Blue ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)
  • Plumbago (Plumbago)
  • Blue sage (Eranthemum pulchellum)
  • Agapanthus
  • Jacaranda

Plants with slight blue or purple tones in the foliage:-

  • Blue-leaved cycad  (Encephalartos lehmannii)
  • Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida)
  • Moses in the cradle (Rhoeo spathacea.. now renamed Tradescantia spathacea)

 Striking golden-orange coloured plants for contrast include:

  • Frangipani cultivars (Plumeria)
  • Clivea miniata
  • Ruttya fruticosa
  • Aloe camperi
  • Orange trumpet vine (Pyrostegia venusta)

Most pools will utilise blue tiles to enhance the cool refreshing nature of the water. It is more enticing to jump into a pool colour blue rather than green.

Blue can also be incorporated within water features such as fountains. Blue coloured waterproofing products that are applied like paint (eg Crommelin Pond Sealer) are available from hardware stores to upgrade an old fashioned concrete rendered fountain into a modern funky feature.


Living in an apartment inevitably means pot plants. Splash extra colour into the décor by using blue glazed pots. If using indoors, use the blue pot as an ornamental container so that you do not plant directly into the container, but rather keep the plants in their original pots. This way you can mix and match the plants every few weeks.


If using pots outdoors always make sure holes are in the base, as some pots are sold without holes.

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