When I was growing up my mother planted petunias every summer and I always seemed to be given the chore of removing the deadheads. I'm not sure why but I remember hating the job and for this reason I haven't ever chosen to use petunias in my own garden. However that all changed yesterday.
Although I entered the nursery with a plan in mind I was no more than a few steps inside when I saw hundreds of shell pink blossoms beckoning. Soft as the delicate pink of a newborn's cheek they called out to me and with the innocent charm of a baby won me over.
My color scheme changed to "Pretty in Pink" and I rearranged pots until I was pleased with the blend of shell pink, medium pink, bright fuschia and green foilage. The results were even more stunning planted against the crisp white rails that surround our deck.
As I stood there enjoying how wonderul the colors worked with each other I realized that perhaps my sudden interest in pink was not just a momentary inspiration but had been influenced by the images I poured over as I reaquainted myself with the interior designs of the remarkable Dorothy Draper.
Interiors can be wonderful inspiration for garden planning. If you have an interior color scheme you love but might not be ready to use in your home your garden is a wonderful place to try it out. So get bold! You can't go wrong with flowers.
Pictures from rave-wave.com