GBDW – Color in the Garden Wrap-Up

– Posted in: Garden Design

Coleus ‘Sedona’ with Lobelia cardinalis and Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’ Aug 9 07Even 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 posts that you’d like to have listed here, please leave a link below, and I’ll add it to the main list. Now, on to the summary, starting with…

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Color in the Garden (Nan at KapliPRO): Kick-off post for this month’s topic.

Sitting Pretty (Steve at KapliPRO): Looking for fun ways to add more color to your garden? Check out Steve’s gallery of paint-and-plant combinations.

(Pam at Digging): Even more fun with paint in the garden!

Let’s Hear It for Color Echoes (Steve at KapliPRO): If your plant combinations seem to lack a certain something, echoing’s an easy way to increase your odds of success.

Color – Flying Solo (Fran at KapliPRO): You don’t need to go all out to create eye-catching color effects; sometimes, less is more.

(Greg at Utah Valley Gardens): If you plan your gardens with specific color themes, do you find they get boring after a few years, or do you enjoy the dependability of your design? Let Greg know what you think!

(Chookie at Chookie’s Back Yard): Having trouble figuring out how to put color theory into gardening practice? You’re not the only one; come commiserate with Chookie.

(Phillip at Dirt Therapy): Phillip shares some of his thoughts on using color in the garden, along with photos of some of his favorite combinations.

(Jim at Art of Gardening): Jim’s musings on how he uses color in his garden, with a great series of photos showing different color effects in his front yard.

(Craig at Ellis Hollow): Craig weighs in with his own theories on gardening with color, then treats us to a rainbow gallery of blooms, berries, foliage, and more.

(Jodi at Bloomingwriter): Jodi makes a good case for being adventurous with color in borders and containers, and she shares some of her favorite books and combinations, too.

(Shirl at Shirl’s Gardenwatch): Looking for ways to add color to your garden besides foliage and flowers? Shirl’s post is packed with a bounty of exciting ideas.

(Dave at The Home Garden): Desperate for spring to arrive? Get a preview of the glory with Dave’s look back at some early-blooming beauties.

(Heirloom Gardener): A month-by month gallery of highlights from HG’s garden in Zone 6b.

Letting It Rip with Color (Fran at KapliPRO): Who cares about color rules? The point of gardening is to have fun!

(Pam at Digging): Pam’s favorite pinks, reds, and silvers for her Austin garden.

(Diana at Sharing Nature’s Garden): Another Austinite with a bounty of bright blooms to drive away our winter blues!

(Heirloom Gardener): Take a tour of combinations in a colorist’s paradise in PA.

(Lisa at Greenbow): Even if you don’t deliberately plan for particular color schemes, you may find, as Lisa did, that you create some great color affects by happy accident.

Shouting Out with Red in the Garden (Fran at KapliPRO): Tips for making the most of red flowers and foliage in Part 1 and Part 2.

Red Flowers for the Holidays (Jodi at Bloomingwriter): Need more red? See Jodi’s selection of rousing reds in and .

(Jodi at Bloomingwriter): If you think you’re not a big fan of this color in the garden, you may need to think again after seeing Jodi’s pretty-in-pinks.

An Ode to Orange (Steve at KapliPRO): Steve tackles a color that has daunted many a gardener and shows how to use it with style.

(Anna at FlowerGardenGirl): Prefer your orange a bit on the softer side? Check out Anna’s gallery of some pretty peach flowers and leaves.

(Mr. McGregor’s Daughter): A celebration of chartreuse foliage!

(Jodi at Bloomingwriter): By any name, this foliage color is a beauty in the garden. This post covers some of Jodi’s shrubby favorites; for her herbaceous picks, see

(Nan at Hayefield): Combinations of yellow-and-green, yellow-and-yellow, and yellow-and-blue.

Blue in the Garden (Frances at Faire Garden): Three posts showing a gallery of France’s favorite blue flowers and accents: , , and .

(Shirl at Shirl’s Gardenwatch): A gallery of beautiful blues from Shirl’s garden, with her suggestions on how to make the most of the blues in your own garden. And if that’s not enough blue for you, check out her . (I’m still not sure if that counts as sharing or taunting, Shirl!)

(Jodi at Bloomingwriter): Oh, yes, more meconopsis, just in case those of us who love blue but can’t grow them want to wallow in more self-pity enjoy more of their amazing color.

(Green Thumb at India Garden): A gallery of predominantly purple blooms, fruits, and leaves in Green Thumb’s garden.

Color in the Garden – GBDW (Frances at Faire Garden): A sumptuous offering of France’s favorite black berries, blooms, leaves, and ornaments in four posts: , , , and .

(Jodi at Bloomingwriter): A feast for the eyes, featuring some of Jodi’s favorite plants for her chocolate-and-wine garden.

The Dark Side (Steve at KapliPRO): Some of Steve’s favorite plants with purple-to-black foliage.

Purple Prose (Nan at Hayefield): covers combinations of dark foliage with bright colors; covers dark foliage with white flowers and silver and blue foliage; and covers dark foliage with greens, purples, and pinks.

Dark and Light (Nan at Hayefield): Combinations of purple and chartreuse foliage spread over several posts (, , and ).

(Shirl at Shirl’s Gardenwatch): A gallery of wonderful white flowers for all seasons.

(Jodi at Bloomingwriter): More beautiful white blooms, along with variegated and silvery foliage.

I Don’t Like White (Nan at KapliPRO): Ruminations on the bad and good points of this often difficult garden color.

Brown’s Not So Bad (Nan at KapliPRO): One gardener’s attempt to make the best of a boring situation.

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Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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