It is wonderful to watch the garden colours change with the seasons. However the task of planning colour in the garden is a complex one, especially if the basic colours are going to change with the seasons.
I therefore decided to build albums of plant and flower colours month by month to learn more about the possibilities, seasonal timing and hopefully to help other gardeners in our climatic zone with ideas for planting.
I've grouped the colours roughly, because precise grouping is impossible as the plant and flower colours are on a continuous spectrum and its hard to determine a cutoff point between purple and red, or purple and blue, as an example. The rough groupings are:
warm reds and oranges
I have been building and adding to these albums of flower, tree and ground cover colours through the past few months on another gardening website of mine which is more visual, with more space for photographs, and less textual than this one. You can click through to the page which lists all the colour albums I have already collected on my weebly website
www.edenfound.weebly.com, by clicking on the link below. I have decided to pool my resources and start collecting the colour albums on this website you are on now. From now on the albums will be posted on this website, www.greenidiom.com though at the moment the bulk are still on weebly. I will be posting some albums in the next few weeks, after this present introduction to the colour albums. These will be the first albums I'm making on this website, but in time I hope to complete the full seasonal cycle ranging month by month over many flower gardens, public spaces and waysides in my area and around Cape Town, and then add more and more plants as time goes by.
For more ideas on how to combine garden colours you can also view my pinterest page on gardening, the link is listed below featuring, in my opinion, some of the finest landscape artists in the world, like Gertrude Jekyll and Piet
Oudolf. The pinterest collection will also allow you to connect to and follow some other landscape designers currently collecting pictures on pinterest. Its a fascinating and enriching way of increasing one's visual learning and visual literacy.
If you get out of this visual exploration even just a fraction of what I have, you should have quite a lot of fun and pleasure. I wish you enjoyment.
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Oct 21, 21 12:27 PM
Growing against extinction. Some of the many reasons why one should garden for wildlife all around the world using native food plants
Sep 03, 21 06:37 AM
can an established, large, wild plum tree Harpephyllum caffrum be pruned in order to try shape/reduce the width of its canopy? I have a huge wild plum
Aug 31, 21 12:08 PM
Caroline, thanks so much for the valuable information in your blog. I also try to garden in Cape Town in a garden that is battered by the Southeast in