Several varieties of blue fescue (Festuca glauca) are available on the market. ‘Elijah Blue’ is a classic form, offering powdery blue leaves that bring color to the landscape year-round. Wheat-like seedheads appear in early summer. This grass thrives in dry conditions and is an outstanding choice for rock gardens, troughs or containers. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, ‘Elijah Blue’ thrives in coastal conditions, too. Plants grow 8 to 10 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Aloe africana strikes an attractive pose in the planters of an oceanfront home's green roof—one of two—in Chile. Landscape designer C. Stuart Moore elevated the already stunning surroundings with brighter plantings, such as mounds of Sesleria, blue fescue, sedums and echeverias.
Lighting fixtures painted a soft teal complement the home's beige hues, while blue fescue grasses (Festuca glauca) echo the color of the lamp posts. Brown pots placed along the walkway tie the landscape, designed by Philip Thornburg of Winterbloom, back to the house.
A modern update to a mid-century home in Denver includes a driveway with crushed marble, weathered steel, blue fescue grass and neon green sedum 'Angelica'. Three Sixty Design describes it as "a mid-mod palette with a twist." The project, completed for less than $20,000, won a 2014 merit award for residential design under $100,000 from ASLA Colorado.
Ornamental grasses add year-round texture, movement and color to rain garden designs. Tufts of blue fescue bring a steely hue to this rain garden and blend beautifully with variegated green and gold sedges. A formal paver stone edging gives the garden a formal look that echoes brick raised beds by the house. Use river rock to complement a rain garden’s water-related theme.