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Garden Design That Doesn’t Limit Your Color Palette

Fine Gardening - Issue 194
Textural interest and shades of green may be the rage in sophisticated gardens, but I still crave the excitement of floral Techni­color. My personal garden challenge is to work in as many colorful flowers as I can without overwhelming other elements or creating visual chaos. To achieve this, I employ a couple of strategies: I plant in layers, using repeating color patterns to create visual perspective, and I intermingle calming spaces for the eye to rest and structural elements that function as a neutral backdrop. Bright masses of blooms illuminate a four-season framework of trees, shrubs, and grasses in this two-acre Montana garden. Photo: Carol Collins Our Montana valley garden sits within native cottonwood and aspen forests, to which my husband and I have added approximately 150 large conifers. The trees visually tie our garden to the big moun­tain views all around us, and with this strong backdrop, my flower…

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