Friday, October 8, 2010


Monochromatic harmony is a garden bed of only one color, such as peach, lavender, pink, yellow, or blue.  If you really like a certain color, and you want a monochromatic theme, make sure you use several different kinds of plants, or different varieties of the plant.  In that way, you'll have many different shades of the same color, as well as different shapes, textures, and heights.   I visited an all-white garden  (it's hard to use many different shades of white), but it was beautiful!  It had such a peaceful, restful feeling. They used baby's breath, impatiens, begonia, roses, peonies, iris, lobelia, snapdragon, dianthus, sweet William, pansy, candytuft, geranium, zinias and petunias.  It was stunning--even at dusk!  If you're using colors, though, not white, and you're using pink, for instance, you could plant pink geraniums, pink zinnias, and pink petunias all together.  Or, let's say you're planting a bed of impatiens--you could use many different pink varieties of pale pink, rose, bright pink or even a red or variegated pink.  I have a pink bed of bearded iris, and also a blue bed--and even though they are all iris, I've used as many different favorite iris in those shades as will fit in each of those flower beds. I really enjoy those two beds--because iris are one of my favorite perennials, and our gardens should reflect our personality.  One word of caution:  all-red gardens, or all bright orange gardens, even though they are attention-getter's, are best if they're small and discreet.  Think of using those color schemes against a white wall or fence.  Whatever your preference, though, your eye will tell you if it's harmonious and  looks good. 

Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

Passion is defined as the love of, or the object(s) of affection and emotion. I am passionate about family, friends, flowers, food, photography and fabulous music! This blog is dedicated to those loves.

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