Anyone who has been following me for any length of time knows that I love a lot of colour in the garden – sometimes I long for a green and tranquil space with just a few well-chosen white flowers maybe or pale lemon and blue – but then I can’t seem to curb my natural instinct for the bright and gaudy. It seems that colour-clashing means nothing to me – if I see a plant I like I plant it regardless of whether it ‘goes’ or not. As you may gather, mine is not a sophisticated garden – a bit like me really.
Although everything is not quite in bloom yet if I show you some pictures you will get the general idea.
See what I mean – hardly subtle is it – I like to think of it as glorious abundance – or maybe, breaking the rules, or daring to be different.
I do like hot colours – something which is apparent as I look at the pictures – I hadn’t realised I had such a penchant for magenta / fuschia colours – but this isn’t surprising really as these colours feature a lot in my wardrobe too.
I mean, for heavens sake, who puts carmine and bright yellow together, or bright orange and pale pink – it seems I do.
So, the motto is, never come to me for advice on colour combinations – or your garden could end up looking a bit riotous – like mine.
Now for the cheaty bit – I don’t know whether I have told you about this before – but I think it is a really good tip that I have been practising myself for a number of years. If you have a flower border that is looking a bit dull, and needs a good hit of colour – well, the answer is CHEAT. Yes I know this goes against the grain for most of us – but this is good cheating. Have a number of plants in black pots waiting for a space to come along then plunge them into the border and you have instant colour. The black pots are camouflaged by the leaves of the surrounding plants and it really brightens up a dull border, see for yourself.
This was my aquilegia border, after the plants had gone over – dull, dull, dull. So I plunged in two fuschia coloured pelargoniums, a pink dahlia and a white pelargonium – ok you can see the lily pot because that’s terracotta, and it wants a bit of fine tuning, but doesn’t it make a difference. So feel free to cheat – you have my permission!
‘Til next time – happy cheating!