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Today we paint the garden in color with Garden and Landscape Design Experts and Contributors Steve and Cathy Lambert.
Good garden design involves knowing how to combine colors and textures so the final product is pleasing to the eye.
The colors on an artist’s wheel are arranged by their relationship to each other in progression like the colors in a rainbow starting with red-violet to red, red-orange to orange, yellow-orange to yellow and so on. When choosing color combinations for your garden, you will want to select either harmonious or contrasting colors. Contrasting or complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel and share no values or color wavelengths like red is to green or orange is to blue. For example, when selecting flowers to plant next to red bricks or a redwood fence, white or yellow flowers would be good choices where as red flowering plants would simply fade into their surroundings. Shaded areas of the garden can be brightened by using light-colored annuals such as white, light pink, or pale blues.
Check back next month, when we’ll share a list of some of our favorite planting color combinations! Steve and Cathy Lambert have created distinctively dramatic, custom gardens since 1989, through their award-winning Garden Lights Landscape & Pool Development in Orinda, CA.
Keep up with the latest Challenges news, and creative design & decorating inspiration when you Subscribe to Homeworkshop's Design Junkies Journal. And here are some more vibrant leaf colours sold by an online plant store, with more interesting information on each. In the top right of the picture below is the lovely penstemon 'Heavenly Blue', planted on a rockery border with the fabulous pink diascia and purple verbena. If you are concerned about your penstemon suffering from frost damage, try piling a mulch of bark chippings on the crown of the plant.

Plant next to other strong foliage plants to help support the long, delicate stems, or let them find their own way, as they are doing in this border.20 HoneysuckleA very fragrant, indestructible climbing plant that bears beautifully coloured saucers of delicate petals on twining stems.
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Steve and Cathy share great advice (and luscious photographs) to help you plan your garden color scheme. In the shade, dark colors tend to get swallowed up unless they are surrounded by a lighter color to provide them with some contrast. For more information on garden color and color schemes in the meantime try: The Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations by Tony Lord, Shocking Beauty by Thomas Hobbes, and The Garden Color Book by Paul Williams. His writer-wife Cathy wordsmiths Steve’s technical advice into something easy to understand and fun to read for the everyday DIY gardener. I'm particularly fond of the heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' and another called heuchera 'Key Lime Pie' for their wonderful zingy lime green foliage. Their bold form and colour are their main attraction rather than the flowers they produce, although the traditional heuchera has rather uninspiring foliage with beautiful, deep coral pink spires.14 PenstemonThe beautiful penstemons!
The latter two are bedding plants (annuals) that will more than likely not survive the winter (although these did last for three years).
The fragrance is the outstanding feature, so plant near to where you walk, or sit, in the garden. Still, the color wheel is a good tool to train your eye on choosing and combining the colors you’ll use to paint your garden. A magenta bloom may look fine planted near other flowers that are purple or pink but hideous when combined with blooms of red, orange, or yellow.

If your home is tan with green trim, a natural flower bed choice to complement these colors would be red blossoms. Lime green flowers and plants lift other garden plants to a new level: the colour offsets reds, and pinks and purples of all shades, beautifully.
And it's invaluable in cut flower arrangements for the same reason.Because it seeds very freely, the secret is to pull out the little seedlings when they are tiny, and either replant elsewhere or throw away.
What a wonderful bunch they are.These plants are also classed as frost hardy, although they are, in actual fact, pretty resilient. If you would like it in another part of the garden, just pick up a section (it's a bit like a mat) and lay it on the ground to re-root.
I've included them here because I wouldn't be without them in my garden and they have survived every year apart from the aforementioned severe winter!We've seen several of these when looking at other plant pictures, but here's a reminder.
I can buy four of these stunning plants for a tenner, so if I lose one, it isn't too costly to replace! Simple.One word of caution; if you have a cat, these plants make an extremely cosy bed!18 Veronica ProstrataWhat a gorgeous colour it is! Can't be bad.15 NepetaWe saw the low-growing nepeta before, intermingling with the geraniums.
Like the alchemilla mollis flowers, the nepeta adds an ethereal quality to a border, showing off the more sturdy plants to greater effect. With foamy violet spires, grey-green leaves and a lovely scent, it is a really useful border and rockery plant.Here is another variety called nepeta 'Six Hill's Giant': and it really is a giant!

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