Creativity or Cacophony? Kaleidoscope of Colours at Dixter this week
Dixter is never boring. The planting design class and I went to look at colour and texture this week, and we were not disappointed with the amount going on!
Beautiful ballerinas in the sunken garden above, drifts of tangy tangerine scent and contrast with the acid green Euphorbia polychroma, quite a tart palette..
Until we met sweet red drifts of crimson tulip, bellis and dusky forget me not.
A regal balance of deep purples and white, leavened by the lighter Honesty behind.
For texture and form the repetition of shapes in the soft leaved Cardoon and the soft pink arching petals is excellent:
This sage and disky lilac was one of my favourites, albeit unusually demure for the Christo/Fergus show!.:
when it self seeds..
The red -> lilac -> purple path below is a classic foreground -> background palette, and draws you down the path as to a horizon:
White is a tricksy one in many colour combinations, I think it would have worked here if the tulips were limited to the two matching purples, but add the darker and the stray buff pink, and it begins to fall apart..
or do you think the exception enhances the rule?
Again white proves a difficult colour to mix with the brights, here self seeded Honesty:
An utterly classic vision of Spring beauty, Magnolia, Tulip China pink and Forget me nots on the Lutyens steps:
The long border filling up, no visit would be complete without a quick peak at that:
I don't know how wonderful Fergus Garrett is managing to keep going at the moment, he teaches, he gardens, he inspires his team and the house at Great Dixter is undergoing huge renovations at the same time.
There is a Friends' day there on May 17th, which I hope to sneak out to.. so I'll ask him!
For info on visiting and becoming a friend see The Great Dixter website
Finally a fabulous colour combo that Christopher Lloyd would have loved: