February 1, 2010
Front Yard Mess Picture and Color Dilemma
All right, you wanted to see the mess. Here it is! In this photo you can't tell that the sod is cut up and messy, but it is. You can see the frame for the new stone-based column (the top of the column will be wider when finished) at the left corner of the porch and a bit of the new stone on the middle of the house.
And here is the finished stone facing on the east side of the house. I like it. The colors of this stone blend much better with our siding than the old orange stone, shown below.
The cool tones of this new stone have caused me reconsider the color scheme of my front gardens. The lavender and pure pink flowers will be fine, I think. But will peachy-pink flowers look all right with this stone as a backdrop? I cut apart my catalogs to make a collage of the front color scheme as it is currently planned. It feels cheerful and welcoming, but will it go with the stone? What do you think?
Perhaps I should replace the peachy-pink elements with more off white, as shown below. But how did I get so many peachy-pink plants? All those daylilies, the three Abraham Darby roses I purchased last year, the Princess Caroline delphiniums, and the coral peonies I'm pining for this year. They definitely don't go with the color scheme for the backyard. Do I really have to give those up so my flowers will look good with the house?
Wouldn't it be sophisticated to have a color scheme of burgundy and plum and grey to completely blend the house colors into the garden? Leaves and flowers could supply these colors - heucheras, oriental poppies, grey-leaved plants. Plus some pale pink or white to lighten things up. Green too, of course. But I've gone in a different direction over the past couple of years while buying plants. That would mean really starting over, and I don't want to do that.
I'm open for suggestions. What is your opinion on my color dilemma?