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Show #15/5202. Great Plant Combinations = Year Round Garden Interest

Color Combinations Mirrored Throughout A Garden - Color Echo

Another important garden design principle is color echo. Color echo is using a lot of the same color combinations that are being mirrored throughout different parts of the garden. It's a way of bringing about a sense of cohesion and unity to our design. And that is what Jim has done in this garden. This next garden is adjacent to the area we just visited. That garden used a lot of silvers, whites as well as burgundy foliage. But, those were mostly trees and shrubs. In this area Jim is doing that with the annuals and picking up on burgundies, deep reds, and then the little splashes of white and silver. It really ties everything together. In this part of the garden we have got seven different terraced layers and they all, in some ways, behave as independent gardens. What draws everything together is this color echoing. So as you look down through all of it there is a sense of unity and there is also a sense of tranquility that you get because they are all connected. Color echoes carry your eye through the garden from one area to the next, to the next, to the next, through the seven terraced levels.


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