(also - crazy fires are back in California... hope everyone is doing alright and safe!)
One thing i noticed in Austin was how good some gardeners were at using color palettes, and color echos. Whether a small vignette, or a big, whole garden look, there were so many great ways that people used color to tie things together.
Here were some of the small vignettes i noticed:
|this perfect match of pot & abutilon in Pam's garden|
|the way these dykia play off the heart (also Pam's garden)|
|this combo of mirror, pot and flower pomegrate hiding in Colleen's garden|
|this combo of water feature, pot and plant in colleen's garden as well|
Colleen's garden in particular had all these little combinations of color vignettes, that i only really noticed when i wandered around the second time. The picture below isn't great, but the purple combo of bench, water and flowers really stood out in person.
|and just around the corner was red - so well done!|
In Lucinda's garden, all the colors were represented. But just like in Coleen's garden, she expertly brought colors together in different parts of her garden to make them stand out.
|like this beautiful family of purples and silvers on one of the structures|
As you might expect, B. Jane's garden used a beautiful all-garden color palette - which was announced by the floating balls on the pool!
|This looks like a Gray Malin photograph!|
|this little grouping was off in the shade.|
|how does one match paint to plants that perfectly?|
|a level of color coordination i will never achieve.|
- Matching plants to the color of my pots might be hard (since my pots are all deep blue), but some good combos should be possible. Maybe more blue-silvery pots to go with some of the blue-silver foliage?
- I can definitely be more 'on purpose' with flower colors - maybe more yellow flowers under the palo verde?
- I like how Colleen (and others) allowed gardens to flow from one color combo to the next - that might work really well in the large bed on the north side (from yellow to purple to TBD to white (?) to yellow?)
- I should probably consider being more deliberate with the colors i bring into the garden - although it's always hard not to buy every plant i like... Maybe thinking about where to put plants so even the odd colors (like a random pink?) stand out, rather than clash...