It’s no secret how monochromatic themes take skill to pull off well. But contrast is easier, and we have all the light and shadow in the world to play with in the Great American Southwest.
Some thoughts…last winter to this fall, along 300+ miles of I-10 –
Discrete splashes of flower color within bold forms, often beat “crazy color quilt” rehash in the garden, too.
Even an uber-mild winter in Arizona and California plus drought, brings about a few tougher flowering plants to pop, regardless.
In February, already in bloom…but over the hills and 1500′ lower than me in the warmer Sonoran Desert. I usually comfort myself with how hot their summers are compared to ours…#payback:-)
Grasses dance for pollinators and people alike. One can step on these grama grasses, and they bounce back, which is why they are placed near parking spaces where people get in and out of cars.
Not sure where my contrasting, blue-green sotols are within the grama grasses, maybe my angle…but they are there…for contrast.
If you haven’t noticed, I certainly like blooms but appreciate how we can get impact and even color in our outdoor living spaces without one petal.
Any ways you embrace contrast in your life or garden?