Nigella damescena ‘Persian Jewels’ with Euphorbia oblongata in a cutting patch
Gladioli ‘Greenstar’ contrasting with orange heleniums
Monarda ‘Blaustumpf’ with Euphorbia
The beauty of contrast in a border
Apr 20, 2014
When designing a border it is tempting to include all your favourite flowers en masse. However, what works better is often to choose a colour palette. Most of us have a preferred colour and that is often the starting point. For a country style garden, purples and pinks are often traditional colours as so many of the typical plants are in those colours.
Once you have chosen a primary colour, then you should consider a secondary colour, as a mono-colour border can be rather uninspiring unless you focus particularly on structure. Even famous single coloured gardens, have contrasting colours in accompanying foliage. The choice becomes whether to harmonise, so soft pinks or blues with a primary colour of purple which can be a very restful scheme. Or whether to have a contrasting colour so yellow or perhaps green with purple, this will really make the colours of both plants ‘pop’ and stand out and as long as you choose the plants carefully it won’t be too jarring an effect.