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Garden Talk: Let's hear it for Color Echoes

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2010
2:29 PM

Post #7811416

Pamela Harper was the first to popularize the notion of color echoes, in her book entitled, of all things, Color Echoes. That simple but supremely satisfying way of creating color combinations relies on pairing plants on the basis of shared color characteristics. Everything is fair game: leaves, flower petals, pistils, stamens, thorns, fruit or even seedpods. For example, the leaf of one and the flower of another may share a single hue, like the red of this coleus leaf and the red of the pentas flower.

I have not been able to have a continuum color echo thru my gardens. Don't know that I'd want that, may make things a bit monotonous. Not to mention that Mother Nature is the boss of me and while I conspire to match the most perfect combinations, MN comes and does what she will. So, I just sigh and do a color echo here, one there, and hope for the best.

Here are a few of mine. Pls show us yours.

I was in a "white" mood the day I planted this combo

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2010
2:30 PM

Post #7811419

My official fave color is red and DH's is yellow. So on many ocassions I use these two colors as my inspiration.

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vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2010
2:35 PM

Post #7811441

I call this the 50 cent color echo. Went to Lowe's bargain shelves and found some caladiums, geraniums and paired them with Oxalis Iron Cross and e. Diamond Frost, which I already had. I am constantly propagating/dividing the last two plants as I find they go w/ almost everything.

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pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2010
4:53 PM

Post #7811835

Beautiful plantings Nery.

Do the glads come back for you each year, or do you have to replant?
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 21, 2010
7:36 AM

Post #7813313

I'm lucky that I don't have to lift.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2010
8:15 AM

Post #7819479

Allium and columbine.

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