Blue Leaved Plants and Shrubs

Blue Leaved Plants and Shrubs

Prostrate Juniper

Blue is not the colour you associate with foliage but if you can bend your eyes just a little around the silver – grey through to green spectrum there may be some surprises.

In Praise of Blue Foliage

  • A very distinctive colour attracts the eye in a uniformly green garden
  • Blue works very well with dark coloured leaves such as purples
  • Blue tends to increase the perceived depth of view making blue recede.
  • A fine blue line separates glaucous leaves and silver foliage.
  • Perception of colour is best left to the beholder

Blue Leaved Primulas

    • The bloom or farina on may primulas can look blue. See the Primula kewensis at the foot of the page.
    • Auriculas often display the blue dust.
    • Primrose ‘Arctic Blue’ has deep green leaves but on a frosty morning their foliage turns to shades of icy blue


Perennial Plant selection from The Oregon

      • Acaena ‘Blue Haze’
      • Cynara cardunculus (cardoon)
      • Dianthus gray blue
      • Dicentra ‘Stuart Boothman,’ ‘Langtrees’
      • Eryngium (more gray-green, but you can’t beat those blue bracts)
      • Euphorbia (lots, particularly ‘Portuguese Velvet’)
      • Hosta (tons, check out ‘Albiqua Drinking Gourd’ as well as classics such as H. sieboldiana ‘Elegans’
      • Mertensia asiatica,
      • Ruta graveolens ‘Jackman’s Blue’ (rue)
      • Sedum ‘Bertram Anderson’ ( blue bruised purple), S. telphium, S. cauticola and some other succulent plants

Shrubs and trees
Picea pungens 'Montgomery'

      • Abies pinsapo ‘Glauca,’ ‘Hortmann’ (blue Spanish pin fir)
      • Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ (blue atlas cedar)
      • Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Ice’ (Arizona cypress)
      • Eucalyptus (close your eyes and pick)
      • Hebe (quite a few silver-blue, including H. albicans, H. x wardiensis and H. pimeleoides ‘Quicksilver’)
      • Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Carpet,’ J. virginiana ‘Blue Mountain’
      • Melianthus major
      • Picea pungens (Colorado blue spruce — an awesome selection)
      • Rosa glauca


        • Andropogon virginicus glauca ‘Valdosta Blue’ (good old gorgeous bluestem)
        • Elymus magellanicus (a very blue form of Lyme grass)
        • Festuca cinerea ‘Elijah Blue’ (blue fescue)
        • Helictotrichon sempervirens (blue oat grass; check out ‘Sapphire’)
        • Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues,’ ‘Prairie Sky’ and of course ‘Heavy Metal’
        • Leymus arenarius

Book Cover

Primula Kewensis

Rockery plants often take on a blue hue. The plants that display blue may be reacting to moisture more than chlorophyll
Bukiniczia cabulica

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