color in the garden

The Waiting Game

– Posted in: Garden Design

Sing it Carly! "Anticipation, anticipation/Is making me late/Is keeping me waiting." Maybe Carly Simon was a horticulturist, because it strikes me lately that no one knows more about anticipation than a gardener. If you told me there's any pursuit that is more about delayed gratification, about waiting for green dreams to be realized, about being just plain [...]

Rhymes With Orange

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Design

Last month I started my seasonal orange bender. It being the color of all kinds of wonderful things, from mangoes to sunsets to campfire embers. I can't get enough of it--in the garden or elsewhere.  So I shared some of my favorite flowers and promised a return to the topic with a post on good [...]

GBDW – Color in the Garden Wrap-Up

– Posted in: Garden Design

Even though February was a short month, we managed to squeeze in a whole lot of posts on color! I think I've included everyone who left links here, and I found a few more of you in my travels around the garden-blogging community, but I'm sure I've missed some other great offerings. If you have any color-related [...]

Letting It Rip With Color

– Posted in: Garden Design

It was the great Christopher Lloyd, who upon my first visit to Great Dixter, facilitated me in opening my eyes to the fact that startling, contrasting color could make for an exuberant, edgy garden. When I took my first stroll down his long border and saw crisp red and orange cannas a few feet away from some sweet, deep [...]

An Ode to Orange

– Posted in: Garden Design

Of all the colors, orange is the most maligned. Maybe because it’s a cross between lurid red and zippy yellow, fiery orange exhibits a kind of hyper hybrid vigor—it’s more than the sum of its parts, way more. Perhaps because it is aggressively in your face, orange is a color that almost forces people to [...]