Plant your blues- See what grows

Much is written about the colour blue; it is said to be a peaceful, tranquil colour that upon sight encourages the body to produce calming chemicals which promote physical and mental relaxation. When you look out at the vastness of a calm blue ocean or tilt your head to look up at an endless bright blue sky it is easy to understand how you can find inner peace, confidence and a sense of optimism in the colour blue.

In recognising the power of shades of blue The Pantone Colour Institute has announced the Colour of the Year for 2018 to be Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level…… intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come”.

Colour has long been associated with influencing our health and wellbeing. Like fragrance and texture colour is an element of visual language, often popping out and impacting us immediately, influencing and inspiring us. We wear colour to help create and adjust our moods and influence those of others, we eat and drink colour to get different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and tastes in our diets; we surround ourselves in colour. We love colour in our gardens, colour in our homes, colour in our lives! We give the littlest of our children colouring books and pencils and now even adults spend time de-stressing by colouring in.

Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute tells us the Pantone Colour of the Year is “.. truly a reflection of what’s needed in the world today”. Research continues to tell us that gardening is good for our us, the mental and physical health benefits of gardens and gardening are broad and diverse. So what better place is there to get immersed in the colour blue than in our gardens?

In a garden the role of blue is tireless. Subtle contrasts and blending of silver, green and blue can create restful spaces for contemplation and quiet time, shades of blue can help stabilise a riot of electric colours without too much fuss; bringing a sense of order and calm, borders can be planted and beds layered with trios of colour using blue mingling with yellow and orange or red and lime green. Blue can be a favourite colour for bees, bringing them to the edible garden to help pollinate and produce an abundance of healthy fresh home grown fruits and vegetables and fabulous, antioxidant rich blueberries can be grown easily in any garden patch or pot.

Garden Releaf is a program developed to connect people and communities with the health and wellness benefits of plants, gardens and gardening. As part of Garden Releaf 2018 we are encouraging you to Get in a Garden to Plant your blues and see what grows!

Garden Releaf Day 2018 sees Garden Centres across Australia come together with ideas, information, inspiration and events to encourage you to celebrate the joy of colour, plants and gardens to enrich our lives. You are invited to get involved by visiting your local participating garden centre on April 14 2018 and finding ways to bring some Garden Releaf into your life or the life of a loved one. Garden Releaf Day is also proudly supporting the work of beyondblue with fund raising events and activities

See website for your nearest supporting Garden Centre www.gardenreleaf.com.au and LIKE us on Facebook www.facebook.com/gardenreleafaustralia