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Contrasting colors in your gardens

Contrasting, rather than complimentary colors make a bigger impact in your garden.  Most people tend to opt for complimenting colors when choosing plants. I always tell my clients remember, you are not wearing the plants when I advise them to use  contrasting colors, they do not have to match!

These pictures offer proof.  The top picture shows how the vibrant orange daylilies and contrasting white phlox pop planted in front of the wine colored ninebark.  The middle picture shows the striking contrast between the purple Russian sage and the lemon yellow coreopsis.  The bottom picture shows the Russian sage with a contrasting backdrop of orange daylilies and white phlox…

white phlox, purple sage, dark ninebarkpurple sage, yellow coreopsisorange daylilies, purple sage, white phlox


Try some new contrasting combinations in your garden and create some drama. Be sure to send me pictures of your combinations.

Remember, forget the matchy matchy look, you are not wearing the plants!

2 thoughts on “Contrasting colors in your gardens

  1. It’s nice to receive this encouragement not to go for matching outfits in the garden, Lori! 🙂 I like color so much that I tend towards a lot of variety, but at times my eye is drawn towards a garden where one or two colors are so predominant that they stand out, and I wonder at my own taste and style. I’ll stick to what I know…lots of color. Thank you for that!

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    1. I say your garden is your own masterpiece and always an evolving process, so go with what you think looks good to you!


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