August 10, 2018
By Melissa Pace,
Often visitors will come to the garden and observe that they have planted the same flowers in their garden at home, but their flowers do not look nearly as good as ours at Mass Hort look- they want to know what have they done wrong? The answer: nothing.
Besides taking care of your plants horticulture needs in order to have them look their finest, what other plants they are planted beside makes a big difference. Think about the interplay of all the plants and structural items as a harmonious one.
To achieve this ideal:
Mind form and mass
- Plant more than on plant of each kind- threes, fives, or sevens are most desirable.
- Know the final size of your plants and use the scale of the plant to the best advantage- tall and big to the back of the garden, short and small to the front of the border.
- Light/dark planting schemes. Use light colored plants, garden elements and flowers juxtaposed against the dark elements within your garden.
- Complementary color schemes, use two opposite colors on the color wheel; select a color and the color directly across that color on the color wheel.
- Monochromatic color schemes. Use three different values of the same color.
- Analogous color schemes. Use three adjacent colors on the color wheel.
- Big leaves next to small leaves, thin and see-through to the front, heavy and dense to the front.
Oprah Winfrey once said “Surround yourself with those who only lift you higher.” Turns out to be true of plants too.