There are times, in my garden, that I am gripped by an almost Diana Vreeland-esque fever. Right now, I’m thinking pink. A good, strong, hot pink. Shocking as Schiaparelli and tart as cherry juice. It sits wonderfully with the fresh green of early summer and the deep, velvety reds and purples we planted with such devotion last year. And the year before.
And which, according to nursery plant lists, are still very much in vogue. Crocus, the online nursery, has a section devoted to “bruised colours”, which look so well in the English sunshine, while plantswoman Sarah Raven says that dark colour mixes (as in dahlias, sweetpeas and gladioli) are the strongest sellers from her Cutting Garden catalogue. So which way forward? This summer, in gardens as in fashion, think bold, brilliant colour.
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