Teal, Turquoise, Aqua in the garden
For great color that is both strong and calm at the same time—there is teal. Teal surprises the eye because it is naturally intense, even brilliant, but there’s a calming aspect to it too—maybe because it’s found so often in nature. I was surprised when I paid attention to where I saw this color and it came up in so many beautiful settings, both natural and man made. Take a look at a touch of teal with me:
Teal is a greenish blue color, and it is darker than turquoise. Turquoise is more of a sky blue.
Teal is a fun color for decorating! See how it shows off the hot reds and pinks at this farm stand in the center. It can also have air of sweetness when paired with white and pastel accessories, as in this chair rescued by Ann Elias. The teal and blue insulators on the left, photographed by Sue Langley, recall shades of water and sky and seem to attract bluebirds to the garden.
Unexpected Color Palettes That Really Work!
Teal shows up in nature again and again! Did you know you could make garden pond water this fresh shade of teal with a natural tint? A public garden in our area has all of its water tinted aqua-teal and the fish like it too. And who could resist aged copper or bronze for garden elegance! Metal has a charming way of turning verdigris teal with time. Verdigris may be one of the brightest colors in nature, but it still has a gentle touch. Modern metals, like the watering cans on the left look gracefully aged with this color, especially with the glaze of yellow or brown on part of the top.
I once painted my shed door a very intense shade of teal—similar to this shed I photographed in the center. To my amazement, it was a magnet for birds who visited my garden with fascination. Birds love color and some can even see a range that is obscure to humans (ultraviolet). If you want to attract birds, try teal in your garden. Teal is a whimsical color when used on art like Andy Hamilton’s shovel and rake bird. For vintage pieces, like Sue Langley’s Grandmother’s chair, teal recalls the 1940s-50s decorating trends, but still translates into today’s styles with ease. Such a versatile color!
Here’s a little test to see if you are a “teal person” like me. If you were walking through a forest and came to a “Y” in the path, where, in one direction was a red bridge and in the other was a teal bridge … toward which color would you turn?
I think you can guess my answer … but I’d love to hear yours!
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