Today we’re sharing more of Cherry Ong’s photos of the gardens at the Government House in Victoria, British Columbia. Part 1 was yesterday, so check that out if you missed it.
From the English country garden. This photo shows something I’m learning more and more as a gardener: The easiest way to make a planting look great is to stick to just one or two colors. White gardens are a classic English style, and they always look crisp, cool, and beautiful.
The alpine and rock garden provides another take on the theme of limiting the number of colors in a garden. Oranges dominate, accented by a little white from flowers and variegated foliage. The result is beautiful and eye-catching, and it would be easy to recreate this design in your own garden, using whatever plants of the right colors you like and that thrive in your area.
Or you can just go with the myriad shades of green, as in this view from the cut flower garden. With few flowers, the foliage carries the day. The beautiful blue-green container set in the center draws the whole scene together, serving as a focal point and a contrast to the sea of foliage. Read more on how to simplify your garden’s color scheme.
Another all-green scene, this from the part of the garden called Pearkes Peak, where interest is created by using a variety of textures. An old garden design trick is to imagine a garden in black and white and see if it still has interest and contrast. That certainly works here, due to the wide range of leaf sizes and shapes. Read these great tips for designing with green in your garden.
The colors are bold and bright here in the Rockland border, but it is really the contrasting textures, from fine and ferny to big and bold, that makes it so appealing.
But not everything has to be big and bold. This view of the herb garden focuses on soft textures and colors to create a soothing, muted scene that makes you want to take a deep breath and relax.
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