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How to Use Red in the Garden

This tricky hue always grabs attention, so make sure you use it correctly

Fine Gardening – Issue 163
You can’t help but look at the chairs. Placed off to the side of the lawn so that they don’t hog all the space, the chairs are a focal point, mainly because of their color. Red just won’t be ignored. Fire trucks, stop signs, sports cars—if it’s red, it gets noticed. Such a strong color can be a benefit or a detriment to a garden design. The excitement and vibrancy that red creates is easy to overdo. And the many tints and tones of red can even clash with one another. This Seattle garden, designed by Stacie Crooks, does red right. Although it is not the only color in the garden, the red naturally gets primary attention. It connects to the colors in the house and is a color the garden owner loves. While the decision to use so much red was easy, making sure it worked with the design…

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