color in the garden

The Color of Flowers

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Williamsburg™ Purple, Chrysanthemum indicum potted flowers on patio plant stand; Licensed Photograph © Syngenta

Have you ever chosen a flowering plant by the color in a catalog or plant tag ?  Since the color we see in flowers is subjective to the color of light surrounding it, how did the photographer know the true color to begin with ? This Chrysanthemum indicum is called Williamsburg™ Purple. "Purple" can mean different hues to different [...]

Finding Photos

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Hybrid Monkey Hand Trre flower >>> x Chiranthomontodendron lenzii (aka  Chiranthofremontia); yellow flowering shrub at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

It is a great joy to be hunting for photographs in a garden.  Having a camera in hand (or on a tripod) is an excuse to look carefully, to find a photo that will do justice to the beauty of plants. Finding a photo is a deliberate process and I frequently find myself looking for color [...]

12 Tips on How To Use Color In The Garden

– Posted in: Garden Design
Color In the Gardene

There are several elements that make up a well thought out landscape: they include structure, shape, texture, scent, and movement. But for the majority of us home gardeners, the first element we take into consideration when designing our own personal paradise is color. Thanks to renowned garden authors like Penelope Hobhouse, who wrote Color In [...]

On the Path to Art

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This will be a bit of a challenge.  Photos are supposed to tell a story, so I present a series of photos without comment. The set up:  I was in Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon looking to add two photos into my lecture "Finding the Photo".  I always try to add photos that are current and [...]

Kangaroo Paws

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Photography
Cover with text Kangaroo Paw - Anigozanthos 'Harmony'

As soon as I stepped out the back door of  Christina's house I knew her garden was going to provide all sorts of photo opportunities. Oakland, California garden designer Sherry Merciari had referred me to Christina when I asked about gardens with no lawn, but I didn't know what to expect.  When I saw the [...]