Taking our cue from the baroque, we can select whatever color is available each season and mix and match as required. All the planting skills we use in monochromatic schemes — balance, repetition and rhythm — can now be employed to create a jewel box of color.
The purple edging of the purple heart (Setcreasea purpurea) in this planting gives a depth to the bright colors of the deep red salvia, golden zinnia and bright yellow rudebeckia.
Here the use of bright yellow garden furniture brings to life an otherwise traditionally designed and planted courtyard garden. The muted blue of the squares of catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) are brought to life with the overplanting of deep pink roses and Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’, but the touch of yellow in the furniture really completes the picture.
We can see how the yellow again creates the buffer between the strong colors of the mauve Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans), the cerise bougainvillea and the dark-purple porch woodwork.
Though pink is not a traditional baroque color, here the pink of the Monada really reverberates against the dark blue of the delphinium and the purple of the clematis.
Why not this year forget those planting schemes with soft pastel colors and be brave and plant with bright baroque colors?
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