--- Anne K Moore,
February 27, 2009 ---
Photos by Anne K Moore ---
Spring arrives on the
strong yellows of daffodils and forsythias. Shortly after, Japanese magnolias open their tulip shaped
pink and white blossoms. Electric
red, pink, and purple flowers cover azaleas and rhododendrons, creating pleasing
dots of intense color after the icy whites and browns of winter. Dogwoods open their white or pink
flowers on horizontal branches.
most areas of the country, long winter nights and gray days will soon be giving
way to these harbingers of spring.
Pay attention to the colors and combinations that you find pleasing in
other peoples' front yards.
Horticultural copying is perfectly OK and a good way to define your own
tastes. What gives you that
surprising spring-is-coming feeling?
Resolve to plant it in your yard this year.
can find color combinations in a variety of places. Containers, with their concentrated pallets, are a good
place to spot color groupings.
Another way is to use a color wheel. I have been trialing one that has been designed especially
for gardeners. It comes from The
Color Wheel Company. Sydney
Eddison, teacher and author of the book, The
Gardener’s Palette, designed The Gardener’s Color Wheel.
using a color wheel often sounds daunting, this one comes with a booklet
describing how to use it. There
are illustrations showing how to blend colorful plant combinations and explanations
of color relationships. The color
wheel is especially helpful with arranging contrasting or harmonious mixes. Unlike many other color wheels, this one
is overflowing with tints, tones, and shades within the color spectrum.
this is garden knowledge overload?
Then just look at other gardeners’ gardens. Examine photographs and illustrations for ideas. Pay attention to the combinations in
the gardens on the GardenSMART programs.
Most of all do not be afraid to do your own colorful design. There are no garden police. What you like is right.
Show #24/1211 - Gardens In the Town of Vail
Show #24/1211 - How to Use a Color Wheel (Video)