Avoiding the Technicolor Yawn

Red Hibiscus

Red Hibiscus Flower

One of my horticulturally oriented friends used to say “those annual beds look like Mickey Mouse threw up”. You know the ones; the aptly named “Cocktail Mix” Begonias backed up by Multi colored Caladiums. A kaleidoscope of red, pink, white and green so variegated you can’t focus and then start feeling queasy.

I realized the bed I was trying to use my entire assorted collection of plants waiting to be planted (that I bought because they were interesting or a great bargain or I had never seen one before or..) in was headed in that direction and decided to settle the colors down before I planted something ghastly. Colors were edited to this:

Then I added two green textures:



Pringles Dwarf Podocarpus

Pringles Dwarf Podocarpus

There is an ancient Red Hibiscus at the end of the bed (the top photo) it doesn’t bloom often, so I am hopeful no one ends up nauseated. My problem is I still have 10 or 15 assorted plants around and I just bought two more.


3 comments on “Avoiding the Technicolor Yawn

  1. Chloris says:

    No one will feel nauseated by your lovely choice of plants. I do love that phrase the ‘annual beds look like Mickey Mouse threw up’ though, it is so evocative. Of course you have plants waiting to be planted, we all do. I call them ‘my maids in waiting’. They are impulse buys that you bring home and then haven’ t the faintest idea where to plant them and how to fit them in. Eventually they find a home but by then there are more waiting.


  2. I believe you can never have enough color! Sometimes I get lucky and my plants are actually in a pleasing combination.

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