The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xx. Concerning Contrasts.

Gaudy colours in gardens

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Secondly. The contrast produced amidst the more gaudy colouring, by the sort of repose that the eye derives, sometimes from white flowers, as of the jasmine, the passion-flower, and other plants, whose leaves are dark and not glossy: sometimes the same repose is produced by a mass of light foliage, at a little distance, appearing without shape or colour, as in a bed of mignionette.