I’m talking about the colour green, not whether it is organic (mine is)
I got into a conversation with a friend who has a friend (stick with me here) who designed and planted their small town garden only using green as a palette – no other colours. She said it really worked, and that I should go and take a look sometime.
But it got me thinking, we’re in the process of re-doing the garden, I won’t grandly state “re-designing”, but we are planning an overhaul and titivation. So could I create a Green Garden, and what would be considered non-green?
- Coloured flowers would be out – like the reds of Dahlias, oranges and yellows of Cannas, Clematis, Passion Flowers, red and white Tulips, the mauve of Alliums, Blues of Agapanthus, Pinks of Verbena, the Hellebores in Spring, delicate hues of lavender. You name it!
- And I’m guessing here, but I’m thinking that coloured leaves would be out of the question. So out go Ajugas, Phorniums, Heuchera, black grasses like Nigrescens
It would be a real challenge to me. But my friend was so enthusiastic about the idea, she said with it only using one colour it was a very restful, calming and beautiful garden. To me it sounds like a place of beauty and tranquility. Tempting.
So how to interpret an idea like that? How far could you stretch the colour green to include grey-green, white-green, yellow-green. I’m guessing variegated leaves would be out of bounds.
And I wonder if instead of coloured flowers and leaves, you could use coloured materials like pots, or paint a wall, or have painted fencing. Or would that be cheating?
What would you do with plants, that are green, like a Fatsia that produce a white flower, run out into the garden with your secateurs at the ready?
It’s not as if the garden doesn’t already have lots of greenery, there are plenty of plants that are predominantly green, the Euphorbias spring to mind, it’s just that there are some flowers in there too.
Looking around my garden, even at this time of year, when lots of the colours have faded, I’m left wondering if it is possible. Looking at the photos here, I doubt it.
I think these photos show how tricky it would be to pull off an entirely green garden, as difficult as say the classic White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle designed by Vita Sackville-West. I know that my humble garden would never match that magnificence, but some of these great gardens can provide fantastic inspiration.
What about you, could you go entirely green?