Go with the flow – let colour take control !

19 Jun

Don’t be afraid of colour !!

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This bed is a riot of colour and probably breaks all the rules in the book but doesn’t it look fabulous !

It started out, about 7 years ago, much more sedate with a gentle blend of yellow and white lupins and blue delphiniums, but then the pink peonies popped up unexpectedly , and over the years the balance has changed.

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The white lupins and blue delphiniums have diminished whilst the pink peonies have been joined by self seeded geraniums. We’ve planted some new white peonies and a range of foxgloves spring surprises every year.

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The poppies spread themselves around and range in colour from lilac to deep burgundy but somehow it all goes together !

It helps that there’s plenty of structure and harmonious shapes and that some of the more shocking colours – the bright red poppies – are shortlived.

But don’t be afraid to let colour get out of control, don’t be obsessed with monochrome gardens or a very restricted palette – you never know you might like the result !

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My assistant gardener had a particularly hectic day today !

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2 Responses to “Go with the flow – let colour take control !”

  1. Zoe June 20, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    I love it. My garden started out in harmonious shades too, but nature soon put a stop to that, and now anything goes, pink and orange mix with lilac and yellow. Colour riot!

  2. Pauline@cloverhome June 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    I love your peonies and the geranium. To think they are the ones that ar ether unintentionally đŸ˜‰

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