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Clashing colours

By roses382, May 28 2017 07:19PM

This is my favourite combination in the garden at the moment - a rather garish mix of soft orange, magenta and cornflower blue, framed by a lime green Euphrbia Palustris. The orange comes from the long - flowering Papaver Rubifragum, which gets better every year, with the bonus of seeding gently around. The Geranium is possibly 'Patricia' but not too sure about that, and the blue is Centaurea Montana, slightly invasive in this garden but easy to dig out where not required. The nice thing about having 'rooms' in the garden is that I can separate colours, so in this area it is bright contrasting colours, In the long borders, pastels reign, and in the walled garden anything goes, and it changes from year to year depending on which annuals/biennials I grow. This year I have dug out one large bed of Irises, moved them to the Potting Shed bed, and planted the space with a mix of bright pink, soft oranges, and apricots. If I get the colours right, it will be an invigorating blend, but I think there will be some playing around to achieve the vision that I have in my head. It will also need to be balanced by lots of good greens; one that I have planted here is the Fern Leaved Hazel, Corylus Avellana Heterophylla, which is perfect.

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