Thoughts on Garden Colors
Where does your spring garden’s color pallet lie – and what will your emerging annuals and summer blooms reveal? Will it punctuate its early displays with the warm yellow of a happy daffodil and cool purple of scattered crocuses, or the fresh and sassy vermillion of a shaded helioborus? Will orange-toned foxglove contrast with a sweeping, bright-white mock orange, or will you experiment with towering hollyhocks and dancing bachelor buttons?
As the cold white of winter fades and spring’s color begins to emerge, we’re all out there combing the local nurseries for that dramatic new plant – something to cut for the house or boast about to our friends.
But, think about this, and, do something new. Focus on one of your favorite flowers and why you like their color. Then, let your mind wander a bit.
What if your garden were a sea of tall bright whites and various shades of green – relatively monochromatic but with the occasion splash of deep blue or red?
How about companion colors? Two colors close to each other on the color wheel, but different – a red and a pink, a blue and purple, a yellow and orange – or dark and light colors of the same hue?
What if you went cool and pale – pinks, baby blue, light green and soft yellows.?Or, what if you went out and a limb – spicy hot and a little wild – with reds, yellows and orange, and salmon.
If all of this is too far out – too much change – think about the cut flowers you tend to buy at the grocery store, the colors you like. Consider planting in these colors as a way to experiment with something new.
The most interesting and beautiful gardens surprise and satisfy. So, color it up. Color it something beautiful.