This striking border at the Berkshire Botanical Garden shows how opposites attract. It is such a felicitous combination of ageratum and rudbeckia. Don’t you love their green centers surrounded by the flush of yellow-orange on the petals? It’s like they are blushing.
The fields around me are filled with goldenrod in many varieties. Although they are beautiful now, I hate to see the first blooming scapes when they appear in early August. They, like the mums that flood the supermarket, say summer’s almost over.
An end of summer pot-et-fleur design sits in an old wooden box. Complementary color schemes are colors that are opposite on the color wheel. These are classic opposites of purple sedum and yellow sunflowers and celosia. The use of this color contrast makes each look much richer.
More contrasting drama is created with gourds, mums and dark purple carnations. Maybe not the best design you’ve seen, this is interesting to me because of the color dynamic. Although they are looking a little too red here, these dark purple jewel colored carnations along with the purple ceramic container should dominate the design with so much purple. However the gourds and the mums still catch your eye first.
It is fun to experiment with a complementary scheme. Use the opposite color to enhance any kind of design. In a shallow container with a pin holder, yellow gladiolus and golden yellow mums are enhanced by purple stock and carnations.
A square vertical vase holds a collection of purple flowers from the late summer garden: Buddelia ‘Black Knight’, Hyacinth bean vine – both flowers and fruit, perovskia, Verbena bonariensis and deep purple carnations.