Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Color My World...


This is my first post participating in the Garden Bloggers' Design Workshop, hosted by Nan at Gardening Gone Wild, as she inspired us to share our images and philosophy of color in the garden this month. I'm excited to share some of my favorite garden photos with you, and to get a "free" blog with Nan's inspiration.

My garden colorscape is an explosion of vivid hues and contrasts, filled with drama and intensity. No subtle tones, here! I love bright colors mixed in the garden, opposites on the color wheel side-by-side sharing the sun and rain. My back yard is very Texas tropical, and the rest of the yard is colorful Texas natives.















9 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

Your back garden looks like a Texas oasis with those vibrant tropicals around the pool. Lovely!

What is that open space out behind your back garden? Green belt or golf course?

Sherry said...

OHH....I love the colors and especially the bird house...and the swimming pool. It looks like paradise!

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I'm glad you did, because now I've discovered yours! (Love how this works!)

Nan Ondra said...

Thank you, thank you, Diana - that jolt of southern color was much appreciated on this soggy PA morning! I've added a direct link to your post over at Gardening Gone Wild.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I'm not a fan of pure red, but your use of it in the courtyard with nothing but the complementary green is so elegant & striking! I'm a fan of all the hot pinks & fushias, so, of course I love yours.

Diana said...

Pam - thanks! The open space land that's flood plain - just wild with a natural tank that fills when it rains and draws a gazillion frogs, birds, ducks, geese, you name it! Around here, it isn't full too often, except for last summer!

Sherry - This blog thing is pretty cool, isn't it? Thanks for coming to take a look!

Nan - thanks for the link - I love your blog and your creativity. It was great to do my first design post -- and I was happy to bring you some hot color!

Mr. MacGregor's daughter -- thanks for the comments -- I love your hostas! They are so beautiful. I planted 5 last summer in a shady spot (i don't have many of those) and was so happy and proud of them for about a month, and then, WHAM, the deer discovered them and at them down to the ground. sigh I may try some behind the fence this spring!

Annie in Austin said...

You do have the best of both native Texas and tropical Texas in your little paradise, Diana - love what you've planted around the pool.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Thanks, Annie. I love my ginger around the pool - they are so easy to grow and so happy there in the full sun. They come back year after year, thought his year, the most mature ones are still pretty vibrant. The younger ones did get zapped by the last freeze. But i cut them back in early March and they sprout right back up. The shoots smell just like ginger, too!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a delight to find your garden. It looks like a tropical paradise yet I see you mentioned a freeze.

I really like the orange plant in the first picture. What might that be? There are orange haters out there but I just love orange in the garden.

Diana said...

Lonicera ciliosa -- Orange honeysuckle! I love the full range of bright colors, but it is very hard to find true orange to add to the pool area where I have yellow and red and purple. I feel like I need the orange to balance it out. I kept it in a pot, which was a struggle, but pouring rains all summer helped! Thanks for visiting!