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Choose complementary colour combinations in the garden, writes Marlene Link


Take your garden from ho-hum to wow. Just like an artist choosing the right colour combinations, so too is the colour choice for gardeners.

One of the biggest challenges is to get the colours to complement each other. Here are four colour combinations that can help achieve this goal.

Combination 1: Crisp white plus orangey yellow plus fiery red all equate to a hot and happy palette. Specimen plants include cosmos, yarrow, dahlia and black-eyed Susan.

Combination 2: Mellow yellow plus pure white plus purplish blue all equal a fancy and frilly palette. Specimen plants include golden Marguerite, white echinacea, delphinium and blue globe thistle.

Combination 3: Soft white plus pale silver plus medium green result in a muted and mixed palette. Specimen plants include foxtail lily, artemisia, English yew.

Combination 4: Ruby red plus vivid violet plus deep magenta translate into a cool and collected palette. Specimen plants would include red penstemon, rose campion, hardy geranium, salvia, and rose salvia.

Of course, there are many other plant combinations that you can create on your own. Happy painting!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Dunnville Horticultural Society has suspended member meetings. If you have questions or comments, please contact group president Deb Zynomirski at debzyn@gmail.com or check out our website at www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org.

Group memberships for 2021 are currently available through mail. Send a cheque or money order ($10 for a single membership, $15 for a couple) to Dunnville Horticultural Society, P.O. Box 274, Dunnville, Ontario, N1A 2X5.

Marlene Link is a members of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.


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