color in the garden

Letting It Rip With Color

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It was the great Christopher Lloyd, who upon my first visit to Great Dixter, facilitated me in opening my eyes to the fact that startling, contrasting color could make for an exuberant, edgy garden. When I took my first stroll down his long border and saw crisp red and orange cannas a few feet away from some sweet, deep [...]

An Ode to Orange

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Of all the colors, orange is the most maligned. Maybe because it’s a cross between lurid red and zippy yellow, fiery orange exhibits a kind of hyper hybrid vigor—it’s more than the sum of its parts, way more. Perhaps because it is aggressively in your face, orange is a color that almost forces people to [...]

Color: Flying Solo

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In taking some photos this week in my garden, I was struck by how the use of one color in a very 'boundaried' manner can make for a memorable composition. As gardeners, color plays such a prominent role in our creations, that it is easy to forget that 'less' can sometimes prove to be more effective. Gazing [...]

The Dark Side, Part 1

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I’ve got a thing for dark foliage. I love its smoky, sultry color, the way it can deepen a planting and lend it an air of mystery at the same time. It’s also a great foliage contrast with almost any other color and since I’m one of those who believes in building gardens from the [...]

Brown’s Not So Bad

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Zinnia 'Profusion Cherry' after frost Oct 22 06

Text and photographs ©Nancy J. Ondra 2008 The point of this month's Garden Blogger's Design Workshop is to indulge in some sumptuous color at a time when many of us don't have much to celebrate in our outdoor gardens. But when you consider that browns are such a big part of our surroudings for a [...]