Autumn arrived a few minutes ago and soon the garden will be wearing its warmest colors: rich, dark reds, tawny rust, earth browns, and radiant burnt orange from the hot part of the color wheel. But before the season moves on, I would like to highlight the peach-colored blooms in my garden. The definition is 'a pinkish-yellow color like that of a peach.' I once preferred strong, bright colors, but as I get older my appreciation of color subtleties changes, so peaches and pinks have come into favor. Maybe this is because dreamy, soft, gentle colors are the very essence of the traditional cottage garden with its rose-covered arbors and lavender-lined paths. In any event, I look at my peachy blooms with love these days. Of course, peaches and pastels should be mixed with warmer tones to avoid a cloying overpowering effect and to achieve true harmony. I believe peach flowers can enrich adjacent deep blues, golden yellows, and deep cerise pinks. In garden design we teach that red is one richly saturated color that doesn't benefit from pink, unless the pink has a peachy cast with tints of yellow. Peach makes red flowers pop.
I love peach roses next to purple clematis on a white picket fence ...
|Rosa 'Compassion' with clematis 'Tie Dye'|
The rose in the lead picture is David Austin 'Lichfield Angel,' a creamy-white bloom with a hint of peach. In my garden it is flanked by a pink Knockout rose on one side and a yellow Knockout on the other. They complement each other beautifully.
|Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'|
In the kitchen garden, the first blueberry to bloom has peach-colored flowers ...
I have two peachy daylilies, 'Bo Peep' and 'Chorus Line' ...
|Daylily Hemerocallis 'Bo Peep'|
|Daylily Hemerocallis 'Chorus Line'|
Monarch butterflies love milkweed. I have 3 or 4 different varieties. This is my favorite ...
|Milkweed Asclepias syriaca|
|Begonia, fuschia, and ivy in the Stone Garden|
I employ the patch approach to planting for color effect; I plant in drifts that run into the next, creating a visual feast of color. I don't have a patch of peach in my garden, however, but this year my Stone Garden (container garden) is largely planted with peach begonia and fuschia. The fuschia proved to be a hummingbird magnet!
|Fuschia Gartenmeister Bonstedt|
And finally, a peach-colored zinnia, one of many I grew from seed ...
|Zinnia 'Cut and Come Again'|
The color peach is symbolic of sincerity and gratitude. It may not be the first choice of many gardeners, but I am very partial to it these days. So I have some new, peach plants on my wish list for next year: 'Apricot Delight' yarrow, 'Just Peachy' agastache, and 'Coral Reef' Echinacea. Each would look well planted in drifts.
What is your favorite flower color?
One of Nature's ironies
is that a garden's warmest colors blossom
as the skies turn grey and cold.
As we welcome autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, I wish you happy fall gardening!
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