Thursday, April 29, 2010

Color Conventions and Blog Social Conventions

I'm calling them 'conventions' rather than rules. How did you decide on color pallettes for your gardens? I've been working on mine for years.




Pictures show some favorite colors in my front gardens. Sometimes a little pink slips in, intentionally or not. All the roses are orange or yellow or both, except that one Carefree Delight... It does have yellow stamens. Pink and reds go to the upper garden and the back.



Yellow and Orange show well from the highway, starting with daffodils in early spring and progressing to fall when purples are quite prominent accompanied by some yellow like melampodium and the beautiful reds of fall. I'm very fond of Chartreuse.
I've added some maroons and browns, including Dominique daylillies and another buff colored daylily, and Mexican hats.
                                                              

Salvia leucantha and butterflies from 2007. It returns reliably here.

The blog poll on my sidebar has to do with Blog Conventions. This is a fun poll, not to be taken too seriously. There are no wrong answers. Please choose all with which you agree.

14 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I've ever decided on a color theme. I pick the plants I like and they tend to be in a certain range. I do lean toward the cool blue side but have put plenty of orange, yellow, and reds in the garden too.

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  2. I change my blog colors every month. (Blogger created an undecided monster in me by making that color palette thingamagig so simple. :)

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  3. Hi, Nell Jean ~ Your rose colors are very pretty! I like chartreuse, as well. When I see a low growing chartreuse I try to add it in somewhere for some variety. I think I have all the colors in the rainbow with a little more red than others.

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  4. I have no formal training as an artist nor designer so I've never really studied the color wheel and how colors harmonize or discord with each other. My gardens are new and I've been creating them with only the vaguest notion of color in mind.

    I seem to lean toward pastels for the front, public facing gardens with a definite bent towards shades of pink. I think what I'm discovering is that other colors besides pinks mixed into the beds will help to bring those pinks into sharper view.

    I have every desire to turn the blank back weed lawn into my private garden wonderland. There are almost no plants there yet as most of the beds are still in process. But I think part of what is holding me back is the fear of color because in my heart of hearts, I want an orange garden back there. Yes, all orange all the time. Orange is my favorite color. But as I learned with the front garden I know the orange will stand out more if I mix in other colors. But which ones to choose? Probably school bus yellows such as the ever present southern perennial lantana. And I wonder what other hot colors would work. I really don't want to add too much red to these back gardens. So I think I'm sort of stuck as to how to proceed color wise.

    The colors in your garden are lovely!

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  5. Nell, This is such an interesting question. I'm a person who cares a lot about color (I can't hang clashing colors next to each other on the clothesline!). I think I decide on color themes in three ways: (1)There are some color combinations (e.g., blue and yellow) that I love and that I've intentionally created in the garden. (2) Sometimes plants I choose for other reasons create beautiful color combinations that I didn't plan or anticipate, but that I can then enhance or build on. (3) Ideas for color combinations are one of the things I'm always paying attention to when I visit gardens (whether in person or virtually). -Jean

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  6. When I had a much smaller garden, where most of the garden was visible in a single view, I was much more 'afraid' of color. Now that I have more space, there are no colors that are off-limits. I do use more bright colors now than before, as with our slopes, it's easy for soft colors to get 'lost' when viewed from afar. However, like Jean, I can't stand clashing, and do favor certain combinations together, like orange with purple, or yellow with blue. There just needs to be some neutral distance, perhaps in green, or white, to separate those colors or groupings that don't play well together.

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  7. I have heard if you just pick your favorite colors it will all look great. To you. And who else matters?

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  8. You know, I pay a lot attention to it when I am designing landscapes for my clients. But, for myself, I really do not pay too much attention. I do favor cooler colors in my desert garden though.

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  9. I go for color combinations and am always open to seeing what others do. Some folks hate orange. I like it when it is used well (like your gardens) and I combine it with purple. I love magenta and some folks hate it, but I use it between blues and purples.

    Chartreuse and burgundy make a favorite foliage pair.

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  10. I don't plan my color schemes usually, but I make changes later. For example when I notice something clashes I move it, or if a combination is too dark, I add a lighter color. For me this evolution is one of the joys of gardening. Enjoyable post as always.

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  11. I am afraid that I just plant things where they fit, and the more colour the better. I was excited to see that last 4th July I could send my daughters (in the US) a photo of some red white and blue flowers right next to each other - purely accidental! will have to see if it happens again this year!

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  12. Hello, i don't think about it as long as it is pleasing to the senses, but somehow i have preferences for purples so i really love your Salvia leucantha in the photo. The composition even made it so lovely.

    By the way, i cannot open most of your photos, are they all resized because even in the past i cannot open them so i just dropped by again just now. Only this purple flower opened. thank you and happy weekend.

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  13. Pics here on a purple background are collages and have no links to individual pics.

    I do resize pics, usually to 640 pixels wide or tall, sometimes a little larger. That's about all the scrutiny my garden can stand, really.

    Nell

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  14. Hi Nell Jean, I don't think about what matches, I just buy and plant what I like! I plant reds next to pinks next to oranges...and everything in between! Wherever I can fit something, if I like it, it goes in;-) Later, I move things when I decide it would look better someplace else. The fun of gardening, for me, is being surprised, so I often just plant first and move later, if necessary. Otherwise, I have no color limitations in my gardens.

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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