1998 Fall Gardening Style & Colour Trends
The Laid-Back Type wants to come to roost in a soothing sea of homey-but-cooler tones: lighter blues, greens, purples and pinks, leavened with pools of relaxing whites and pastels. If hot reds or yellows are features--they won’t be paired together. In the laid-back garden, up to three colours will dominate. Top choices might be: soft yellows and whites accented by blue-tones, or delicious pale pinks, peaches and purples. In the laid-back garden, plant tulips in flowing single colour drifts that run up against one another. Corners are soft or rounded, with curving expanses that draw the eye in pleasing directions.
Sociable Types prefer oranges, red and yellows, the ‘gregarious’ colours. For a more sophisticated approach, add accents in white and bi-colours throughout.
Romantic Types swoon pinks, peaches, violets and rosy tones of all shades. Who doesn’t!? Here tulips create a fantasy world where flowers capture the shimmering sun. The mood overall is pure and simple loveliness.
General Colour Characteristics
Red is the colour of excitement. It’s high energy and sexual. It vibrates. Red makes a bold ‘look at me’ statement. Physiological testing reveals that seeing red actually makes a person’s blood pressure rise.
Purple is the colour of creativity and eccentricity. It makes an artistic statement.
restful landscape in the “Laid Back” garden below!
Yellow attracts the eye before any other colour. It’s a
happy, cheerful colour that makes a positive, optimistic statement.
Blue in its lighter shades, is generally thought of as a calming influence. It makes a statement of peace and contentment. Vibrant blues, on the other hand, elicit a reaction more akin to the excitement of red.
Green is known in colour circles (and also the 3,000 year-old Chinese Book of Oracles) as “The Great Harmonizer”. The many colours of green in nature represent the balance of yin and yang. People tend to prefer darker greens and dislike yellowish greens. The exception is the yellow-green of early spring foliage, which generally elicits a feeling of wonder. Green makes a statement of balance and harmony.
Favourite Flower Colours By Gender:
Source: Netherlands Flowerbulb Information Centre
Mandarin honeysuckle, US PPAF Zone 4
This is a vigorous deciduous woody vine that grows to 6 m at maturity. Young leaves are dark coppery-brown, becoming glossy dark green when mature. Flowers are produced in large heads in late spring or early summer and periodically throughout the summer.
The long tubular flowers (6-7 cm long) are dark reddish-orange outside and paler yellow-orange inside.
Rhododendron ‘Northern Starburst’
Northern Starburst Rhododendron, US PPAF Zone 4
Northern Starburst, originated by Briggs Nursery Inc., Olympia, Washington, is a hardy purple bloomer, producing flowers twice as large as the parent PJM Compact Form. It is a reliable evergreen with four season appeal.