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daffodilmama

This is an issue I have been looking at this summer. I planted a rather large entryway garden this fall, I am now seeing what is working and what I would like to change. I am finding that too light of a pastel will wash out in the sun and not have enough color to hold the eye. Some of the deeper value (darker) blooms do not show up very well unless the sun in on them. I am finding that mid-range values are the most pleasing for me. But, I am also seeing how a dark indigo sage flower, is a most beautiful companion to a mid-value lilac. I never thought value would play such a big part in the design. I took color, height and foliage variation into account, with varying degrees of success and failure, but am finding that value is also a most crucial design element.


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vicparadise

I plant for birds, bees and butterflies and love a pastel garden. The deeper colors I use are purple to magenta. I plant nepeta, lavender, cranesbill, geraniums in white, blue, lavender and hot pink for borders along with purple salvia and coreopsis. Tall peach coloured foxglove blooms through the summer along with sweat peas that can reach 6 feet, rosemary for greenery and smell and pops of white and coral geraniums and petunias add a dash of color here and there. A weeping pear tree is at the center of my small front garden adding sage colored greenery alongside a yew hedge. I have to take deer into account and but have not yet mastered deer resistant planting in this garden. I love your photos.

   
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Prunin Arboriculture & Landscape

Last two images are good.

Both images showing the best example of landscaping and how to plantings around sitting place.

Well arranged and more attractive.

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