Friday, May 25, 2007
Purple flowers for Ron
My view on color in the garden: you need a lot of it. So I don't think much about coordinating plantings by color; the main thing for me is coordinating bloom times and including plenty of long-blooming annuals.
I do however have the greatest respect for those who do consider such niceties. I guess Vita Sackville-West is one of the most famous with her moon garden. Then, at the Jekyll-designed portion of Hestercombe a few summers back, we saw a wonderful formal arrangement of blue and white:
Do I consider myself capable of such an effect? I do not. But sometimes these happy combinations seem to simultaneously happen in nature, and I'm sure there is a reason for it. Many late spring flowers (like my purple aquilegia above) seem to have made an agreement to appear in soft, cool colors: pale pinks, purples, blues, and whites. At least all the ones I have come out in those shades. It almost seems a shame to impose my raucous purchases of bright lantana, diascia, osteospermum, and variegated coleus on this tranquil scene. Soon, however, the hardy geraniums, aquilegias, and sweet woodruffs will be done and it will be time for the yellows, oranges, and reds of summer.
In the meantime, I salute my friend Ron, who is planning an all-purple scheme for his front garden. I knew you'd like this aquilegia, Ron, and also, below, here's an annual more in the blue-violet range: torenia. Something you may want to consider.
On the pond front, a few finishing touches remain before I can unveil the completed installation, so here's another in-progress shot from yesterday.
Gotta love those pond guys!