October 8, 2013
Terracotta Color Scheme at Temple Square
One of the most inspiring color schemes at the Temple Square gardens was this area highlighted by terracotta colored concrete. Maybe I liked it so much because it surprised me - terracotta isn't my favorite material in the garden. But the flower and foliage colors came together beautifully with the red-orange edging. Above you can see salmon-pink petunias mingled with magenta petunias, purple verbena, violet salvia, orange snapdragons and purple fountain grass (Pennisetum).
This area is located directly east of the temple. Just inside my front door, I have a framed photo by Robert Boyd showing this door and one of the nearby cherry trees in bloom. It was nice to see the rest of the scene during my visit.
Here is the view turning slightly farther to the north. Most of the stone and concrete around temple square is grey. I imagine this area was inspired by the red rock areas of southern Utah.
You catch a glimpse of the nearby mountains when looking directly north.
Here is the view looking directly south. Even though there are lots of large flower beds, there is enough green to keep the area feeling serene. Later in the day I saw several couples using this area for wedding photos.
I think this space would have looked better with black sweet potato vine carrying the color scheme instead of chartreuse. You can see some shrubs continuing the dark-leaved theme across the top of the grassy area. The lovely trees add so much beauty - I am looking forward to when our young trees at the Spokane Temple mature.
I plan to use these colors in the northwest streetside bed at the Spokane Temple next year. The purple fountain grass, orange snapdragons and violet salvia should work fine in that area. Unfortunately we can't use petunias because of the deer and rabbits, so I'm considering African daisies (Osteospermum), zinnias, diascia, foxgloves, ageratum, cleome and salvia to fill out the flower bed. Although some types of verbena have proven irresistible to our deer, I think 'Homestead Purple' will be deer resistant. I suppose we'll find out in time, eh?