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Botanical Images: 9 Divine Color Combinations

This slideshow of botanical images demonstrates garden color combinations based on color theory, diverse species and bloom time.



Natural Companions by Ken Druse, with botanical photography by Ellen Hoverkamp, contains a wealth of horticultural guidance, useful plant recommendations and gardening lore accompanied by gorgeous photos.
Photo courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
A Favorite Subdued Combination (counterclockwise from bottom left): Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Silver King’, Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’, Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’, mottled Geranium phaeum (leaf), Asarum canadense, Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’, Hosta ‘Gold Regal’ Flowers, feathery leaves of Cimicifuga (syn. Actea) simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’, Hydrangea serrate ‘Grayswood’, tiny Geranium phaeum flowers, dark flowers of Nicotiana ‘Ken’s Coffee’, Acanthus hungaricus flower spike.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
Circle of Light: The color wheel breaks wavelengths of light down to its simplest or primary colors; red, yellow, and blue represented here by red Hybiscus syriacus, the yellow flowers of a Verbascum hybrid and blue Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
On the Darker Side: “Black” is usually shades of purple and green. (Clockwise from top left) Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’, Cimicifuga simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’, annual millet Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’, Acer palmatum variety, Hibiscus x moscheutos ‘Kopper King’, Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’, lpomoea batatas ‘Blackie’ next to heart-shaped Cercis Canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, Weigela florida ‘Fine Wine’ with Trillium fruit, daylily flower Hemerocallis ‘Jungle Beauty’, strappy black leaves and pale flowers of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’, maroon leaf of beet Beta vulgaris ‘Bull’s Blood’, Begonia ‘Black Fang’ to its right and Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ above it.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
Going Green: Green could be the basis of a color scheme with variegation, shades, and tints. (Clockwise from top left) Adonis amurensis (leaves), Buxus sempervirens ‘Latifolia Maculata’, Hedera helix ‘Buttercup’, Fragaria vesca ‘Golden Alexander’, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Variegata’, Petasites japonicus ‘Variegatus’, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Fernspray Gold’, Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’, Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, Tanacetum parthenium ‘Aureum’.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
On the Lighter Side: Pale-colored buxom peony blossoms contrast with the little light pink trumpet flowers from old-fashioned beauty bush, Kolkwitzia amabilis.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
On the Lighter Side: When mixing paint colors, adding white creates a pale tint; adding black creates a dark shade. White is represented here by tender, tuberous white dahlias, spidery annual Cleome ‘Helen Campbell’, and feathers of tender perennial Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
Hue Do You Love: Colors on the wheel from red-orange to yellow are said to be warm, those that range from blue to red-violet are considered cool. (Clockwise from top left) Hot Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Acer palmatum var. dissectum f. atropurpureum ‘Red Dragon’, yellow Asiatic lily ‘Grand Cru’, red Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonia), Crocosmia, red Asiatic lily ‘Jazz’, fruit of Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’, yellow Heliopsis ‘Bressingham Doubloon’.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
Split Complement: A split-complement color scheme employs three equally spaced colors from the wheel, and in this case (with a little horticultural liberty) rose red Rosa ‘American Pillar’, the long-blooming lavender-blue Clematis ‘Betty Corning’, and greens including chartreuse Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012
Mono a Mono: A monochromatic combination from Louise Wrinkle’s Alabama garden in winter include (clockwise from top left) witch hazel, yellow spattered leaves of evergreen shrub Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’, daffodils, globe clusters of Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Winter Gold’, berries of heavenly bamboo Nandina domestica ‘Leucocarpa’, pansies, yellow-green Helleborus foetidus fruits, and Caltha palustris.
Photo by Ellen Hoverkamp, courtesy Stewart, Tabori & Chang (c) 2012





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