Concentrating on one color can pay dividends. Unlike a rainbow mix of flowers, which would have been distracting, white tulips allow the eye to focus on the sculpture in the middle of this boxwood parterre.
Opuntia cactus and the succulent senecio share the same blue-gray tones and are therefore familiar bedfellows. Less common is pairing them with Japanese blood grass, whose tips look even more arresting next to cool hues.
Bold leaves and flowers simulate backyard waterfalls, cascading from their raised planter toward the inky depths of a swimming pool. The splashes of chartreuse, red, and salmon keep the mood light around the dark-bottomed pool.
Fatsia, fern, spider plant, and turfgrass illustrate the broad array of greens planted in this garden. In the same small area, nemesia, a low wall, gravel, and concrete pavers contribute harmonious shades of blue.
Sometimes greenery isn’t actually green; it’s purple and red. If not for the colors of the leaves in this border, it might not merit a second glance. But combining plants with different foliage palettes can list a garden out of the ordinary.
From Big Ideas for Small Gardens
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