Garden Photo of the Day

Deep red equals high drama

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Lightened by request!
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

This sultry, monochromatic bed makes a big impact with its large sweeps of deep red plants. Amaranth and coleus supply the bulk of the drama, and are knitted together with a band of ornamental kale. A skirt of delicate gaura keeps this powerful combo from going just a bit too far.

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  1. canase 03/25/2010

    Great color and texture combination. It would be helpful to know where the gardens featured in your daily photos are located. Incorporating some of the ideas would be great if they fall into a similar climate to ours.

  2. MichelleGervais 03/25/2010

    Canase, this photo was taken at Longfellow Gardens in Minneapolis. It's a gem of a garden in the middle of town that I stumbled upon by accident a few years ago. The gardeners there do amazing things with annuals!

  3. arboretum 03/25/2010

    tremendous piece of design, but the 'print' is too dark.Can you lighten it and repost? Ever since My Love helped us see the monotony of borders of pastels(it was peonies at the time; many many pastels)20 years ago, we have included dark reds in all our plantings. They also complement all our variegated foliage here as well.

    Mindy Arbo
    The Cotton-Arbo retum

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