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Add a Lively Red Accent in Your Landscape

June 1, 2016

Bold. Bright. Pop.

This is what RED adds to a garden.

RED, an eye catching hue, stands up to the summer sun’s withering glare in the afternoon.

When all pastels fade away, red, orange and yellow sing their hearts out….and RED always steals the show.

chakras-redRED has a vivid history – Check it out on the sensational color website. It is the color of the root chakra (this means ‘energy point) of the body:

“This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies. Groundedness, belonging….”

(sounds perfect for all us grounded gardeners)

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In Japan RED is associated with certain deities. Their “Shinkyo” (Sacred Bridge) in Nikko, Japan is a wonderful example of the contrast RED makes with green in a natural setting.

You can also see how effective RED is in the modern Chinese Red Ribbon in Tanghe River Park, designed by Turenscape :

red ribbon park turen landscape

This use of RED has always been popular in Chinese gardens…Here is another example showing a red Tori or gate…what great proportions too.

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I was first introduced to the power of red by the French artist, Matisse…I loved his ‘Red Studio’ when I first saw it as a child in a NY museum:

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And of course Red furniture outdoors attracts the eye:

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Here is a landscape I designed – the red bench definitely dominates the scene:

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(Jan Johnsen)

superbells redI often plant RED Callibrachoa in my clients’ gardens. It is a eye catcher for sure!

 

 

 

I also plant a mass of red begonias next to dark green leucothoe to make a statement. This is what I did along an entry walk:

Jan Johnsen -leucothoe and red begonia

Of course the spilling over of Superbena Royale Red Verbena in a pot is unmatched:

SUPERBENA ROYALE RED VERBENA

(courtesy of Proven Winners)

And Nemesia, a cool season annual flower, is also a knock out in red, Sunsatia Cranberry Nemesia :

SUNSATIA CRANBERRY NEMESIA

(courtesy of Proven Winners)

Did you know that Bees can’t see the color red, but they can see all other bright colors. Red flowers are usually pollinated by birds, butterflies, bats, and wind, rather than bees.

I love red tulips against a white fence so I planted these Parade tulips:

PARADE TULIPS garden and photo by jan johnsen

(Jan Johnsen)

And of course the traditional Red Geranium always signifies ‘welcome’ in so many languages:

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So please consider ‘spicing up’ your outdoor surroundings with some RED today – you won’t regret it!

Silas Mountsier garden - photo by Jan Johnsen

(Silas Mountsier Garden, photo by Jan Johnsen)

Blog, Garden Tips

Beautiful Foolishness of Things – The Book of Tea

May 30, 2016

‘Too little tea’ is a Japanese expression that refers to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses.
From ‘The Book of Tea’:
The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power.

The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practiced for the sake of utility.

The East and the West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life. We need a Niuka again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar.
Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea.

The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the sighing of the pines is heard in our kettle.

Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.

Kakuzo Okakura