I hear you.
Use your voice to create something powerful and beautiful — not just noise. Create bold notes in the landscape to develop focal points that can lead the eye through the space and unify it, too.
Two simple ideas to employ when you want to be bold: big and bright.
A big object is a bold presence that demands our attention, whether it's the overall plant size (relative to it's surroundings), flowers, foliage, or an in-organic item that's been introduced to the landscape:
|plume grass, Erianthus ravennae|
|giant silver mullein, Verbascum bombyciferum|
|an eight foot tall bronze sculpture by Kevin Robb|
A bright object catches the eye and is easy to see in a world of green. Think red, yellow, and white — the colors most easily discerned by the human eye, even in low light:
|Bold red tulips in Spring demand that we "Wake up, already!" and leave Winter blah behind.|
|Acid yellow flowers and foliage is are not to be ignored. Design by DBG.|
|white glows even on a cloudy day|
|This brilliant blue hue, unusual in nature, demands our attention. Design by Carol Hines.|
|purple smoke tree, Cotinus coggygria and Achillea at Denver Botanic Gardens|
|Canna and kale|
|Hesperalo parviflora. at Kendrick Lakes. Design by Greg Foreman|
|holiday light extravaganza at Denver Botanic Gardens|
Dare to be bold — you may find a voice that you never knew you had.
For more inspiration on the bold landscape, click through the links below:
Garden Designers' Roundtable