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Information On Buying The Right Plants

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Gardens are like buildings in that they are capable of expressing a pleasing harmony, a balanced symmetry of design which is altogether gratifying. Walk around any garden which combines agreeable plant affiliation with attractive design and find out what an enjoyable experience it is, for beauty, indeed, sweeps out all that is trivial. The appeal is not in any way due to the extravagant use of colour to produce a garish or startling effect. Rather it relies on artistry, subtle gradations of leaf, shade and shape, with flowers as the embellishment and not the principal factor.

Fanciful though it may seem, plants do express a personality. There are those of such a demanding presence that all the planting within their area of influence must be complementary, not competitive. A field of buttercups relies on mass effect for its visual impact. Beautiful though the carpet of yellow is under a summer sun, it lacks the lyric quality of a Magnolia campbellii so carefully sited that its deep rose-pink flowers are seen framed against no other background than the blue and white of a March sky.

Though it is not difficult in gardening, as in painting, to achieve the sort of impact which brings gasps of astonishment from all who see it, restraint and discipline produce a landscape which is much easier to live with. Was it not Browning who said ‘If you get simple beauty and naught else you get about the best thing God invents’.

Using Colours

Harmony apart, bright colours such as orange, scarlet, electric blue, draw the eye immediately and must be used with restraint. There are times, however, when a vivid splash of colour embellishes rather than detracts from a beautiful view. One garden in particular springs readily to mind, and here the virtue of simplicity had been carried almost to the point of austerity.

A broad sweep of lawn in front of the house carried the eye across to a weeping beech, Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Pendula’ like a 20ft (6m) high mushroom growing out of the bright-green grass. A bed filled with scarlet-flowered ‘Evelyn Fison’ roses linked the beech to a magnificent blue cedar, Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’. Without the emphatic contribution made by the scarlet-flowered rose, the beauty of the landscape would have been much reduced.

A large book full of poetry and curious learning might be written about the association of flowers; and there are few of us, at least among those who care much for flowers, who can think of them apart from their associations. Thus we naturally associate the most beautiful of our native wildflowers with hills, vales and open countryside.

The above is one interpretation of association which is concerned more with connection in thought. The duty we owe to our gardens is so to use plants that they form beautiful pictures. Join the two interpretations together, including with the evocative quality an approach to, and insistence on, colour harmony, and there is still the matter of shape, texture, and foliage pattern. Plant relationship might be a better description.

Source http://www.bloombase.org.uk/blog/choosing-plants-that-work-together/


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