Magazine article Sunset

3 Winning Borders

Magazine article Sunset

3 Winning Borders

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Whether your tastes run to a palette of soothing purples or a planting with splashes of hot-blooded hues, we've got the perfect formula for you


Blend variations of one color

A mixture of plum, purple, and light violet adds depth to Joanne and Peter Alba's garden in Eugene, Oregon. Rich burgundy smoke tree, royal purple iris, and Spanish lavender flowers play off blue-green, silver, and chartreuse foliage plants to create continuity along the border. DESIGN Rebecca Sams and BuellSteelman, Mosaic Gardens, Eugene, OR (


Contrast hot and cool colors

Fiery shades look even more dramatic when paired with pale tones. Dahlias with crimson blooms and nearly black leaves, purple fountain grass, plum-and-red coleus, and bright yellow marigolds pop against whitish artemisia in front and silver Cistus x skanbergii behind.

TREAT BORDERS LIKE FLOWER-SHOP BOUQUETS, With a central cluster of dramatic plants, as Carol Johanson has done with a striking pot of blood red flowers and leaves in her garden in Bainbridge Island, Washington. …

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