Creating Color Combinations With Tulips
My color blueprints for a beautiful spring garden
We have been unseasonably warm this week with temperatures peaking at 80 degrees here in New Jersey in November. I know this can happen. That's why my bulbs are still inside, lined up in trays. They are waiting patiently for the final strands of unseasonable heat to cycle out of the forecast Now, the long range forecast shows a coming shift in the weather.
That turn towards the cold is what I have been waiting for. Coupled with the end of peak leaf time, that means that my bulbs can finally make their journey into the ground.
I normally think out the color combinations for my bulb plantings in my head and transfer the combinations into excel. This year, laid up with Covid, I had nothing but time on my hands for a few days. I decided to go a step further and create mood boards to represent what I would be planting in each bed. I'm pleased with how the mood boards turned out.
They are a good representation of what I have to resolve in my head when I design. I have to think in multiple dimensions, considering both the color palette and the different bloom times.
Design Number One: East Garden Palette
Many parts of the East Garden receive a full blast of the western sun. The sorbet colors I've selected for this part of the garden can stand up to the bright light this area gets. The palette looks like a glowing sunset.
The South Garden Palette | Porch Beds