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Garden Design Basics: Use Two Colors Plus Green

Working with a limited color palette can create a more satisfying container design

Fine Gardening – Issue 174

In a world full of glorious color, why limit oneself to just two when designing containers? Because limitations can be . . . liberating. Color is so seductive that it fools us into ignoring the other elements of design, texture, and form. We pig out on color, only to find that a diet of color alone is as unsatisfying as a diet consisting solely of dessert. Eventually, we want something more substantial, something more satisfying.

By committing to a limited palette, we begin to appreciate the way each plant must bring something more to the table: the way the right plant makes every one of its neighbors look better; the way all of the elements working together create a richer tapestry than is possible with color alone. We still get color, but we get nuance, we get satisfaction, and we can’t wait to do it again.


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