In her book, A Gardener's Palette: Creating Colour Harmony in the Garden (published on 7 June 2022) Jo Thompson picks out 100 planting schemes in different hues, explaining why they work so well and why she likes them. Here, she picks five of her favourite combinations.
An eye-opener of a colour collection, bright magentas and fizzing oranges delight as they catch the eye.
Plants: Phlox drummondii, Oenethera lindheimerei Belleza series, Achillea 'Walter Funcke', Eryngium 'Pen Blue', Knautia macedonica
The mention of a sweetshop seems to strike a chord with many: mouthwatering sherbet colours work softly with each other to create a feel that at the same time both looks backwards and forwards, bringing with their soft tones both familiarity and excitement.
Plants used: Geranium x oxonianum 'Lace Time', Phlox drummondii 'Creme Brulee', Iris 'Pink Charm', Verbascum 'Helen Johnson', Rosa 'Buff Beauty', Daucus carota 'Dara'
Wine, peach and coral
A combination of colours that work together and create surprising harmony due to the surprising tones that they share deep within their petals.
Plants used: Astrantia major 'Rubra', Paeonia 'Pink Hawaiian Coral', Rosa 'Buff Beauty'
Aspect: Full sun
A classic, this shade resonates in the memory. Soft and pretty, elegant, a colour which stops us in our tracks.
Plants used: Rosa Mary Rose (=Ausmary), Rosa 'Charles de Mills', Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchard's Variety', Geranium pratense 'Mrs Kendall Clark', Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
Green and white
Green and white, for me, is the freshness of morning light, the elegance of midday light, the serenity of the light in the evening. A gentle palette which is timeless in its appeal.
Plants used: Allium stipitatum 'Evereste', Hydrangea aborescens 'Annabelle', Buxus sempervirens, Taxus baccata
Aspect: Full sun / part shade
About Jo Thompson
Jo Thompson is one of Britain's leading garden designers. Her second book, The Gardener's Palette: Creating Colour Harmony in the Garden (Timber Press in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society, £35), is published on 7 June 2022.
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