I even put together collages of the chosen plants to get a better idea how they would look side by side.
|Starting at the top left: Veronica, Artemisia, Bell flowers, Lamb's Ears, Rose Mallow and Meadowsweet at centre|
|Definitely not pastel|
Shocking, almost neon, pink was the true colour.
A soft purple penstemon was purchased and when it bloomed this spring it looked like this.
Hot pink blooms. Not the cultivar I had thought I was purchasing.
Hubby purchased Stargazer Lilies for me this spring and I decided to plant them out in this bed.
Another strong pink colour in the mix.
Some of the choices have been thoroughly my own. I took a half dozen Evening Primrose home from the plant sale last spring.
These flowers are a very strong, bright yellow, nothing soft or pastel about them but they were hard to resist.
Also irresistable was this Ruby Wedding Astrantia.
I have been pining for Astrantia for several years now so was pleased to find some for sale no matter what the colour.
What I am noticing, as each flush of blooms is produced, is that the groupings of plants as a whole has a decidedly bright look. I think I once mentioned I love jewel tones and it has become evident now how true that statement was.
In this photo I paired the cotton candy blooms of meadowsweet with dark purple veronica and old gold juniper. There is nothing soft about this colour grouping at all. It would appear my love of strong colours took over while my mind checked out.
A better organized gardener would not have let this happen but I find it rather amusing. The heart knows what it wants and my hands simply do the work. One of my joys when I garden is I can let my mind wander, simply enjoying the experience of being outside rather than focusing on details. The result seems to be a garden that is truer to who I am. Instead of buying a plant because it fits a colour or planting scheme I have let myself go a little wayward and purchase things simply because I am drawn to them.
Next season is sure to be quite an eyefull as plants fill out and newer purchases start to bloom. This year I added bi-colour monkshood, red valerian, mixed columbine, and purple Siberian iris. I now see that I've picked yet more strong colours for this bed. Unintentional but greatly looked forward to.