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  • 2017 Colour of the Year - Green

    When it comes to the garden, green is so ubiquitous, it is the colour we do not even think about. It is relegated to backdrop, ever present but hardly registering on the visual scale as eyes fix on highlights of colour as if they are popping around a pinball machine. The backdrop fades into nothing but a blur, necessary but not the main feature. Yet the wizard of the garden is green - especially when it comes to flowers. For green flowers in the garden are used as rarely as those sought after blacks and blues and can provide stunning colour.

    My research led me to find over a 1,000 green flowers for the garden from exotic orchids to common garden annuals you can grow so easily from seed. Whilst I love Paphiopedilums, I realise that not everyone would want to grow one, but even the kids can sprinkle a few Nicotiana seeds and enjoy lime green flowers.

    I have a preference for lime green or chartreuse and many of the flowers are in this colour range. If there is one plant I must mention outside this colour range it is the jade green Strongylodon, the plant that sent me off on my research. One I would gladly buy a heated greenhouse for if I had the space and money. Be bold and plant it with purple and a dash of orange or go all out for green and red. Whatever you plant, make 2017 colourful and include a few greens in the garden, even if it is just adding a few lettuce, potager-style to the border.

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    Words, images copyright Karen Platt 2016

  • Top 10 Green Flowers

    You might think green flowers are unusual, but I researched thoroughly and produced the gardening book Emeralds, containing descriptions of 1,000 green flowers with over 300 colour photos, design plans and more. You can buy the book at half price on my website, enter 50OFF at checkout. It is the only comprehensive book on green flowers and also contains 500 choice green foliage plants.

    A top ten can only scratch the surface when it comes to plants, so make sure you look at everything available. Check out the book for the best in each category.

    1. Euphorbia - not technically flowers, but I love the effect. Not all are suitable for gardens, being invasive.

    2. A green orchid seems like perfection.

    3. You might shun gladioli, but don't turn your nose up at a green one.

    4. Likewise Chrysanthemums, but green just turns them into a must-have flower.

    5. Primula auricula might be a little specialised but they are so gorgeous and not difficult to grow.

    6. Roses - yes there are green ones.

    7. Nicotiana - an easy annual providing lime green flowers.

    8. Hydrangea - a great green-flowered shrub.

    9. Hacquetia - I just love it.

    10. Strongylodon - the jade vine is an exotic in all senses - exciting, jade pea-like flowers hang down in racemes. Truly glorious.

    Words and images copyright Karen Platt 2015

  • Karen's Garden

    I thought I would digress a little from my gardens to visit post and show you some pics from my own garden. It is NOT open to the public and I don't often post pics of it - so you are having a treat today, because I still have not delved into the hard drive to access the gardens I visited pre 2010. (My mind was thinking 1910 for a moment, I swear I wasn't alive then, not in my present form anyway).

    Not much to say about my own garden, it is small, too small, although sometimes I have been grateful for that, but by and large I dream of expansive space. As you probably know I love black plants and have a black border, but also a golden border too. In fact, you'll find a wondrous range of colourful plants growing in my garden. Enjoy the pics

    Words and images Karen Platt 2014

    Why not treat yourself to one of my gardening books on colour, plants or garden design - many of the photos are taken in my own garden - the full range of books is available here

  • Think Colour - think green in summer

    Green, the everywhere colour that's happy to be part of the background. Bring it to the fore with fabulous green flowers and lush foliage. One plant fulfills the criteria and that's Euphorbia. This genus is one the largest and diverse in the plant kingdom. With their incredible chartreuse bracts, these plants are eye-catching. Some are studded with little flowers in red or even close to black, they look like little black diamonds. I think the word that describes them best is handsome. The foliage can be blue-green, have hints of red or be varying shades of green and offers an almost instantaneous, desirable, lush Mediterranean look.  Be aware that some Euphorbias are weedy, so choose with care. E. characias can become leggy with bare basal stems. You can cut it back hard in summer, but when around five years old the plant is already losing its stamina. Take softwood cuttings or allow seedlings to grow in situ. The other essential information to know about these plants is the milky sap that can cause irritation. If cutting, wear long gloves and protect your face too, in fact protect any exposed skin. The sap was once used as a purgative, and this resulted in the common name spurge. Some plants are also very large, so give them space. They mix well in borders and many are hardy. There are also succulent euphorbias.

    These are easy to grow plants that give so much. Grow in a sheltered site away from strong winds. Most do best in fertile soil in sun. Cut deciduous types back in autumn. Take cuttings every other year to ensure a continuous supply of strong healthy plants.

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    Words and images copyright Karen Platt 2013

  • Think Colour - think green in spring

    Green is the sign of spring - renewal, rebirth and all that is associated with the return and continuance of life. Green never looks fresher than when new leaves unfurl in the spring sun. However, it is not green foliage that I am looking for here. It's those not so ubiquitous green flowers that make my heart a dancer.

    If I had not already covered Fritillaria in the post on Black in Spring, I would make this post exclusively for them, for they shine in green. Having already covered them once makes me somewhat of a frit freak instead of just a plant nerd. So I have also included green tulips below.

    For fritillary cultivation please read what I said in the black plant post. Not a great deal to add except to show you the pics. In green, fritillaries take on an air of innocence, the mystery has gone, but they still intrigue. I'm just in love those those nodding flowers. The greens can be almost jade like. These are very special plants.

    Tulips - omg - I know people who hate tulips, can you believe that? I adore green tulips as well as other colours. Green tulips often have other colours on the same flower, so they are easy to intermingle with other colours. However a swathe of green makes an eye-catching sight. Plant in November, to avoid tulip fire and plant deep - 20cm (8") is good. Sit back and enjoy in spring. There are many divisions i.e. types of tulip and the flowering season is long if you plant some of each. Most green tulips are in the viridiflora section and there are some green parrots too - my favourite tulip section. Head on over to Holland in spring to enjoy the tulip fields. The memories will stay with you forever. There are also a few good displays in England, Japan and USA. Tulip fever is still alive and well.

    If you love green flowers, why not discover 1,000 of them in my book on green flowers - Emeralds, signed by me and available in the shop.

    Words and images copyright 2013 Karen Platt

  • Think Colour - Think Green in Winter

    Green flowers are never ubiquitous at the best of times. Especially the vibrant, lush green I desire. Green flowers are often pale with casts of white or yellow. In winter it is a rare flower colour altogether unless you have a collection of green orchids (and I don't know anyone who does - how cool would that be!) Green hellebores can come into flower in winter. Cut back the old, tatty foliage to enjoy the flowers exposed in all their glory.

    Apart from orchids, you are going to have to satisfy your green goddess with foliage until spring comes around. Cycads amaze me at any time of year - these plants are so old, they make you think of prehistoric dinosaurs. If you need a little zest, you cannot do better than the chartreuse and vibrant colourings of Solenostemon leaves (Coleus); they manage to brighten any winter day. They'll keep their foliage on any reasonably warm windowsill.

    Don't forget if you love green, especially green flowers, the only comprehensive book on the subject is 'Emeralds', available from our online store. Discover over 1000 green flowers and 500 choice green foliage plants.

    Words and images copyright Karen Platt 2012

  • Think Colour - Think Green in Autumn

    This is the only season in which ubiquitous green can almost be overlooked. Our eyes are drawn to the magnificence of autumn maples and other trees that turn fantastic shades of yellow, orange and red when the temperatures plummet. They offer far more interest than their green cousins at this time of year when we so yearn for a final fling of colour.

    There are some green summer flowers that hang on to their colouring until the first frosts. Grasses provide a show right into autumn and some of them have green flowers too. Also of interest are fantastic saxifrages and sempervivums.

    Don't forget your copy of Emeralds - the first and only comprehensive book of its kind, perfect for lovers of green flowers with over 1000 flowers described, available in the online store.

    Photos and words copyright Karen Platt 2012

  • Think Colour - Summer combinations

    Here are some of the plants that I find work well together in summer. This is the time when our gardens always look their best, so there is only a small selection here but there is still lots to try out.

    No matter where you are gardening, follow the right plant, right place theory and you cannot go far wrong. Place darks against lights and look to the plants themselves to provide ideas for colour combinations. You can choose bold colours or pastels for the look you want. My stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2005 proved that black plants can work successfully together. In 2003 I created a black and gold garden at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and at the San Francisco Garden Show. My books have many more examples of plants, available in the store. They help you discover a world of colour and to see colour in the garden in a new light.

  • Think Colour - think green in summer

    Green is so calm and peaceful and so ubiquitous that we might forget the fabulous green flowers that we can grow in our gardens. Green flowers can disappear against green foliage. It's therefore a good idea to grow them against golden foliage or in the white garden. The latter is where I would be inclined to place them. They complement a yellow planting and can echo the green eyes of some daisies. A quiet zone where you rest is also a suitable growing place for green flowers. Think zen. Think cool, calm, collected.

    Green flowers are available in everything from chartreuse through to dullish mid green. Sometimes yellow flowers are described as green, but the greens I choose are definitely green. Think the champagne cork effect of Alchemilla mollis' green flowers. The beauty of Zantedeschia. The quiet grace of Galtonia viridiflora. The punch of Nicotiana 'Lime'. If you have not tried green flowers yet, now is the time to do so.

    My book, 'Emeralds' is available in the online store. It was the first book ever written on green flowers and remains the most comprehensive of its kind with over 1,000 green flowers and over 500 choice green foliage plants.

    All photos are copyright Karen Platt 2012

  • Think Colour - Think Green

    Cool green is such a gorgeous colour. I absolutely adore green flowers. Lush green foliage is taken for granted but green flowers are rarer. Use variegated foliage to act as a link when planting coloured areas. For example, green cream variegated foliage can enhance plantings and act as a link between areas of cream to yellow flower plantings. Think chartreuse and lime and use the whole array of green shades of foliage for a rich palette. Green foliage is a natural foil for all colours in the garden.

    Green flowers are still quite rare, however I managed to find over 1,000 when I wrote the first ever book devoted to green flowers. From the amended leaf bracts of one Anemone to the true green flowers of Arisaema, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Dianthus, Euphorbia and Fritillaria to name but a few, there is a green plant to suit every gardener and every garden situation. There are other greens that are not quite pure greens, the unusual and rather yellowish (when I grew it)  Viola Green Goddess; the to die for Strongylodon macrobotrys - a sea green with a hint of turquoise and the lovely hard to describe green (has been called jade by some) of the not-so-easy to grow (give it lots of sun) Hermodactylus tuberosus. From the humble to the exotic, green flowers can grace your garden and add an extra dimension. If you love the unusual, you'll enjoy growing green flowers.

    Grow green flowers with black, orange, yellow or red. I love chartreuse with purple. Your neighbours will be green with envy and you'll be the coolest gardener in town.

    Get your copy of Emeralds, my book of over 1,000 green flowers plus 500 choice green foliage plants from the online store now.



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