The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 5 The June garden

Herbaceous border colour combinations

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One is always watching and trying for good combinations of colour that occur or that may be composed. Besides such as are shown in the plans, the following have been noted for June: In rock-work the China Rose Queen Mab, also the tender pink Laurette Messimy, with pale lilac Tufted Pansy and Achillea umbellata. The pretty pale pink dwarf Rose Mignonette, with the lilac of Catmint (Nepeta Mussini) and the grey-white foliage of Stachys and Cineraria maritima {Senecio cineraria}. In a cool, retired place in a shrubbery margin, away from other flowers, the misty red-grey-purple of Thalictrum aquilegifolium purpureum with the warm white foam-colour of Spiroea Aruncus {Aruncus Sylvestris}. On bold rock-work, a mass of a fine-coloured strain of Valerian (Centranthus) with a deep scarlet-crimson Snapdragon. This is a success of reciprocally enhancing texture as well as colour; the texture having that satisfying quality that one recognises in the relation of the cut and uncut portions of the fine old Italian cut-velvets. In April Campernelle Jonquil with Myosotis dissitiflora. In May the true Pulmonaria azurea with the white form of Scilla italica. In a shrubbery edge, or some cool, half shady place, the purple form of Thalictrum aquilegifolium with white Foxgloves, and in the same kind of place Campanula macrantha alba {Campanula lactiflora var alba}and the fine purple Campanula macrocarpa with Male Fern or Lady Fern. In an open, sunny place Eryngium giganteum with Sea-kale. In a section of flower border given to purple flowers Salvia Sclarea with S. virgata, and purple-leaved Sage at the foot.