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Creating a Color Theme with Annuals

By Joannabanana
January 24, 2014

Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden? Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think. One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 23, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Johanna: What a great article and especially enjoyable during this gloomy and cold winter season. Your gardens are outstanding, the color combinations are really beautiful! Thank you for reminding us all that garden glory can come from the rainbow colors of both annuals and perennials ... and even greenery! Thumbs up
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abhege
Jan 23, 2014 6:20 PM CST
Yes, your gardens are the kind we dream of having. Just beautiful and lush! Great article!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 23, 2014 6:40 PM CST
Beautiful! Thumbs up

What is the orange flower in the 10th pic that is on the right side of the black trellis with the purple petunias?
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4susiesjoy
Jan 23, 2014 6:44 PM CST
Awesome gardens, beautifully designed. Thanks for the lovely garden tour!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 23, 2014 7:56 PM CST
Marilyn said:Beautiful! Thumbs up

What is the orange flower in the 10th pic that is on the right side of the black trellis with the purple petunias?


That is a flower bag of Papaya Potunia petunias. I bought them in a jumbo 6-pack and had to really squeeze the roots to fit through the tiny openings of the bag. Did a lot of orange that year (2011)

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Joannabanana
Jan 23, 2014 7:59 PM CST
Thanks Everyone for the lovely comments, thumbs up and acorns. It is exciting to plan the next season and the seed catalogues have some great ideas. I'm haven't decided what I'm doing for color this year, but I should get to it and order some seeds. Hilarious!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 23, 2014 9:21 PM CST
By the way ... that Avatar sketch by your daughter is wonderful, she is one very talented gal!
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jmorth
Jan 23, 2014 9:27 PM CST
Some really great pictures.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 23, 2014 9:30 PM CST
Thanks Lin. I wish she would stop drawing dragons and draw some more flowers or birds Hilarious! She is working on a chickadee in between the dragons fetish.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 23, 2014 9:33 PM CST
Jmorth,

It was really tough to choose photos and also a bit of a challenge to get the same scene for different years Hilarious! 90% of my photos are of my garden and sorted by year on the computer......the "winter project" that keeps getting bumped to next winter Whistling
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 24, 2014 1:33 AM CST
Joanne,

It's the pic before that one, that I was talking about. #10 The orange flowers have a tubular look to them.

The pic you thought I was talking about is pic #11.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jan 24, 2014 4:39 AM CST
Thanks so much for this article. Everything looks wonderful. Especially the progressive years from 2010.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 24, 2014 7:33 AM CST
oops, sorry Marilyn. That is a Chilian Glory Vine. I will look if I have a better photo of it. The flowers change from yellow &orange to orange & red.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Jan 24, 2014 7:54 AM CST

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I start the Gory Vine from seed

Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 24, 2014 8:50 AM CST
I'm Speechless! almost anyways;........Wow!!! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 24, 2014 9:26 AM CST
Oooh, love the Glory Vine ... just glorious!! I need to read up on that beauty!

And, Joanne ... would love to see your daughters drawing of the Chickadee when it's finished. She should do more drawings of birds, butterflies and blooms ... and sell them! Smiling
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 24, 2014 11:32 AM CST
In my perfect 'imaginary neighborhood' I want to live across the street from a guy or gal who restores antique cars and paints them really cool colors. That way I can enjoy the view without the work or the expense.

Thanks to your article, I can now place you in my imaginary neighborhood - I want you to live next door to me on kitchen side of the imaginary house so I can be cheered by your ever changing floral colors first thing in the morning. I will bake you muffins to encourage you to keep working.

Thank you, I will revisit this article many times.
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Joannabanana
Jan 24, 2014 1:01 PM CST
How nice Greene! My neighbours in all directions do enjoy the view and also the give-away of extra seedlings, perennial divisions etc.

The funniest comment was late fall one year. We had a real nice fall and the garden was still going strong Mid-October. After the killing frost, a young boy marched over to my house and was on a mission to find out who killed all the plants in my garden. He was sure it happened over night. I told him Jack Frost came to visit and put them to sleep for the winter and the plants would all be back in the spring. I was a bit surprised at how concerned he was. Apparently he admired the garden even at his age. He seemed a bit perplexed when he left. I guess he thought I should have been a bit more devastated
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 24, 2014 1:48 PM CST
Good story, thanks. I would be curious to see where that young man is now and what he chose for a vocation and an avocation.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Jan 24, 2014 7:09 PM CST
Not sure where the people moved to.

Here's a ATP Gardening Idea that I did a while back on how I plant hanging baskets & containers.
http://garden.org/ideas/view/Joannabanana/282/Big-Balls-of-C...

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