Garden Photo of the Day

Painting a Garden With Flowers

Using colors to great impact

Today’s photos come from Joan Cogliano.

In this beautiful view of the garden, a neat turf path leads through beds overflowing with flowers. Closer in, the flowers are mostly in calm shades of blue and pink, with hotter yellow and orange flowers on the far side.

Limiting part of the garden to just a few colors—here pinks and purples—is a simple and effective way to tie a garden design together and make it feel cohesive.

Coreopsis and shasta daisies (Leucanthemum superbum, Zones 5–9) have similar flower forms, and the yellow centers of the daisies echoes the bright yellow petals of the coreopsis.

pink rosesA cascade of glorious pink roses. Roses may be a bit fussy, but there is nothing like them for a romantic flower display. (If you want to learn more about growing roses, check out our series Roses Are Plants Too!)

Another corner of the garden, where more hot colors are clustered.

basket-of-goldThere is nothing like welcoming spring with a huge blast of color. The yellow here is basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis, Zones 4–7). This plant is beautiful, but it resents hot, humid weather. If you live in the North, interplanting with tulips, as shown here, is a great way to drive off those winter doldrums and get the gardening season started with a bang.

Pink-and-white tulipsPink-and-white tulips combined with pink-and-white bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 4–9) work perfectly together to create a sugary sweet spring display.

purple salviaThe basket-of-gold keeps on blooming long enough to contrast magically with dark purple salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 4–8).


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    treasuresmom 02/14/2020

    Love all the colors together & the yellow coreopsis blends so beautifully with it all.

  2. paiya 02/14/2020

    The arrangement of the flowers, their colors and forms make a beautiful tapestry - and an inspiring start to my day

  3. cheryl_c 02/14/2020

    I love the tulips and bleeding heart - a beautiful lead off to Valentines Day!

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    simplesue 02/14/2020

    Great looking compositions of flowers, and I know it's not as easy to do as it looks. I especially had to stop and stare at the photo of the flower beds by the steps- it's so peaceful and perfect...and I love the color combinations.
    You left me wanting to see MORE!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. btucker9675 02/14/2020

    Thanks for this gardening Valentine - perfect!

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