Magazine article Sunset

Painting with Spring Flowers

Magazine article Sunset

Painting with Spring Flowers

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Fill a border with a multicolored blend of tulips, nemesias, violas, and Iceland poppies

A riot of color fills the flower border in Charles and Jackie Davis's Piedmont, California, garden from the first of February to mid-April. The hot color medley of yellow, orange, and red shown at left is a "very cheerful, gaudy palette," says landscape designer Bob Clark of Oakland, California. The border was planted last fall and photographed in spring.

Violas in dark and soft yellow and mixed nemesias carpet the ground, with Iceland poppies and five kinds of tulips popping up through them. The flower colors play off one another, unifying the planting. Yellow violas and nemesias complement yellow 'Big Smile' and 'Olympic Flame' tulips, red nemesias echo the red in 'Kingsblood' tulips, and orange nemesias reflect the color of the orange Iceland poppies.

Each season, a different color palette changes the mood of this flower bed. …

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