On Color-Coordinated Gardens

In something akin to a happy accident, one of my shade gardens happened to become awash with pink hues this week. The sources of pinkness in this image are Phlox paniculata (summer phlox) and Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower).

The sudden changing of the colors sparked a thought in my head, which was that it might be possible to design a garden that changed colors every few weeks. If I planted perennials of similar colors that bloomed about the same time, I could theoretically synchronize a color show in certain areas of my yard.

To do so would require me to keep a log of the blooming dates of the various plants in my yard (although I could also use the many images and blog posts I have generated over the years to speed up the process). Then there would be the relocation of existing plants, purchase of new perennials, and fine-tuning of the blooming schedules to keep like-hued plants near each other at the correct times via the use of my laptops and a Linksys router.

On second thought, I will just enjoy the happy accident for the moment.

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