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Lavender in the Garden

Learn how the color pink affects you and your garden. Then discover the best ways to use pink, both alone and in combination with other colors.

Lavender's Many Faces

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As the most common flower color, lavender has many faces. It cools to a periwinkle blue in the flowers of Vinca minor and warms to a reddish mauve in clematis or pansy blossoms. Lavender abounds among the blossoms of herbs, from chives and hyssop to thyme, catmint, and sage.

Lavender forms harmonies with its cousins in the color spectrum: deep violet and magenta. Pale lavender creates soothing pastel scenarios when paired with white, pink, or pale yellow. Bluer shades of lavender shine when warmed by the company of complementary yellow-orange or peach. Planted near silver foliage, lavender looks luminous.

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Keep Lavender Looking Bright

Lavender (the plant, not the color)is a Mediterranean native thatdoes well in sun, heat, and poor soil.

One weakness of lavender: It tends to fade into a dull haze en masse. Prevent this occurrence by interplanting it with bolder colors such as crimson or gold. Yellow makes a perfect partner. (Picture lavender and pale yellow violas that sport both colors in their spring blooms.) Chocolate brown foliage mixed with lavender flowers results in a spectacular marriage. At first blush, pink and lavender might seem too rosy a garden color scheme, but it's a combination that works. Lavender larkspur glows next to pink coneflower. Add white or sky blue to balance the pink tones. Mauve also goes well with cream, buff, gray, and pink.

Lavender enhances the fall garden's earth tones of bronze, orange, and gold with a touch of the ethereal, represented by perennial asters, fall crocuses, and aconites.

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Ways to Use Lavender in the Garden

  • Plant breeders haven't yet achieved a true blue rose, but lavender varieties come close. Consider pale Sterling Silver, Angel Face, and Lagerfeld.
  • The globe-shape flowers of onion family members, alliums and chives, span the lavender color spectrum. Try as many as you like.
  • Lavender, in both name and hue, combines with silver- and gold-foliage plants to form borders that shimmer in the light.
  • On the pinkish side of lavender, mauve's tonal ambiguities pose color-blending opportunities in the garden. Designers recommend using splashes of mauve flowers as dividers between deeper colors in a border.
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