Some days you might actually find me sprawled out on my tummy with a huge Super Hero Squad, or Barbie colouring book in front of me; my children and a vast array of crayons, markers and pencil crayons by my side.
That's the inner child in me begging for a break from the adult world.
The adult me of course retreats to my zen place: My Garden.
And since it would take far too long to actually paint each bloom - as per the photo above - that means I have to actually design the colour scheme for my garden.
Mostly I like to go with bright colours: reds, blues, purples, yellows and then mix them with softer pink or white blooms. Then add various foliage shades and patterns to blend.
It's also a good idea to carry themes across various flowers beds. Either a colour, or a specific plant.
I tend to use a bright coloured bloom (red bee balm) and then a white bloom(white climbing sweet-pea) in each bed to give cohesion to my garden beds.
Also, I like to use hostas and tall grasses in each bed to form the background; or the canvas if you will. If you have a fence, this can also provide a nice background and you should definitely consider the types of flowers you will plant, as per the colour and style of your fence. Obviously any bloom will "pop" against a white fence; but not so much a black chain fence.
Here's the visual:
|bright red bee balm with softer raspberry shade of astillbe|
|bright red bee balm with bright purple sage|
|make sure to match same height plants with same bloom time|
|LOVE the bright and interesting bloom of sage|
|a softer peach/pink shorter astillbe for contrast|
Daisies being of my favourite.
|purple coneflower, or echinacea|
|brown-eyed Susie, or rudebeckia|
|a garden must have: climbing sweet pea. I choose white to stand out against my grey fence|
|and then I planted purple flowers in various heights around it (bell flower, English daisy and Jacob's Ladder)|
Don't forget to add some "Art" for other visual interest.
Especially during those dormant times between blooming seasons.
|a cherub and bird statue amongst purple catmint|
and don't forget your "greenery" -- make sure to choose different kinds of foliage for contrasting and for visual interest when you don't have a lot of colour.
|frog statue with mirror ball in hostas, hakone grass, silver mound and phlox|
Many garden sites also have garden plans that you can download and copy.
Honestly though, I love the trial and error of doing it myself. If something doesn't work, I rip it out, move it, or get rid of it and try something else.
The artist must create.
Do you have a favourite flower?