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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems






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Monday, November 28, 2011

Chartreuse To Brighten Your World

Whether it is potato vine trailing withsoever-it-will or sprawling coleus from a mixed combination in a container chartruese is a color to be sure to use in your garden. Shades of it in foxtail fern, macho fern, Florida-Friedly Gold Sedum, and leaves of 'Crystal Palace Gem' geranium will make your heart skip a beat as you swoon over its loveliness.

Distribute it throughtout the garden in large and small quantities for a stark contrast against dark green and red-ish foliage. This amazing color complements all other colors.

In the last bits of evening light this bright, yellow-green hue I adore sends sparks flying in the shadiest places in my garden.

And in the light of morning... well... it does more of the same. You just have to have chartreuse to make your world a brighter place!


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11 comments:

  1. Hi Meems,

    I love your use of chartreuse. How is your Creeping Jenny? Are you still using it containers? Did it survive the heat in your zone? I'm wondering if I can use it in containers here in Jacksonville. Also, have you had any problem with it getting out of control or becoming invasive?

    Thanks!
    Carol
    Jacksonville, Florida

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  2. I love the creeping, sprawling potato vine too. I have it in two shallow containers and can't believe how far they have spread. Your eye for color and combinations is beautiful as usual.

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  3. I so agree with your estimation of chartreuse! And what a lovely word...

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  4. ohh, what is that droopy white bloom under what looks like a banana in the first photo?

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  5. I so agree. I have chartreuse exclamation points here and there all around the garden. In my shady garden it really livens up a space.

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  6. Hi Carol,
    I DO love the Creeping Jenny and I still use it in containers. I found it to be quite hardy but not at all invasive. Once in a while a piece will take root in the ground near a container and I almost *wish* it would take off. Honestly our summer humidity keeps it under control. It performs much better in the winter through spring. Summertime it struggles to look perky but hangs in there and then I shear it back and it takes off again. You might want to give it a try now ... it will add a spark to any combination. :-)

    Rhonda,
    Thank you. Potato vine roots so easily, too. Cut off a piece, poke it into another container ~ it will soon be happy on its own. It barely requires attention once established.

    RL,
    A fave word indeed. I think you are asking about the variegated Schefflera. What you are seeing are the leaves. I prefer them growing in partial shade and like to leave them shaped naturally. I soft prune but no sculpting allowed. :-)

    Lisa,
    Don't you just love the way it picks up on every other color in the garden!

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  7. I love your wording and indeed I do swoon over the loveliness of the Chartreuse against the backdrop of fresh clean pinestraw in the garden.

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  8. I wish my northern garden looked half this beautiful. Chartreuse really does bring out the best in its neighbors. Gorgeous.

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  9. Meems your garden looks wonderful and it is a delight for this dreary, rainy day here. The Chartreuse plantings just brightens up the bed so much. Wonderful layering.I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  10. Meems: Chartreuse is one of my favorite colors in the garden too! It can surely brighten the garden even without the flower!

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  11. This is a great article. I love taking care of my lawn, especially during the summer. However, during the Fall I have so rake up so many leaves because I have a lot of trees on my property. This year I really want to try a Tow Behind Lawn Vacuum . I heard they are really easy to use and it would be a lot quicker then raking.

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Have a blessed day!
Meems


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