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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

KISS- Keep It Super Simple!!!

Keep It Super Simple is a good motto when it comes to planting flowers in your yard.

Have you ever noticed when you go to places like Disneyland how spectacular the plantings are? One thing I have noticed that  makes them seem so spectacular is they do plantings in mass. All of one color or a tight color scheme using only two to three colors. K-I-S-S, keeping it super simple.

This weekend I planted some flowers in the  three pots on the front porch. I have one plant that is permanent that I work around. It is a dwarf lime cypress. I love the bright lime color of this plant and it looks great with so many colors.

I look around at nature, home design and even wardrobes for color inspiration. If you look there is inspiration everywhere.

This time I chose to pair my lime cypress with purple. I love the way lime and purple contrast with each other.

Even Nature likes this pairing.


A beautiful brides bouquet in shades of lime and purples.
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Notice how simple and tight I kept the color scheme?

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This pot has two types of potato vines. One in lime and the other is a very dark purple.

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I love fresh produce in bowls on my counter. The dark purple of the blueberries makes a nice contrast with the lime green stripes in my wallpaper, and the stripes in the pitcher.

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This black cast iron planter hangs on the right side of my door. I planted it with the same plantings that are in the the other planter on the left side of the door. You can see by Keeping- It- Super- Simple each plant is highlighted and yet it all pairs nicely together.

Next time you go to the nursery for some new plants. Look around at your surroundings for some color inspiration.  Remember KISS!!! and you can’t go wrong.

“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Planting Fresh and Fun Color schemes in your yard.



Robin Baron @ Simplifying Fabulous! said...

The lime and purple combination is very eye-catching! Also, I cannot agree with you more, inspiration is everywhere. Loved this blog!

Karen said...

Good advice.

Erika ~TiptoeButterly~ said...

i totally finished planting my veggie garden - i put 2 nice big plants on my front steps - then i got some lillies to plant in backyard -- next year gonna totallly revamp my "flowers" ...

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laxsupermom said...

I planted with purple this year, too. I even planted some purple kale in with my purple flowers. Love seeing the purple combined with lime. So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I always love your plantings and you definitely create the most interesting and fun displays. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs, Marty

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The colors in your pot are so pretty.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Kathysue ~ I agree. It does make more of an inpace when you see a big punch of one color. KISS is my motto on so many things~ !!
Have a PRETTY day!

Anonymous said...

Love the flower meets decor theme going on here, Kathysue! Bravo! So pretty and great interiors. xo

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Beautiful color combination and planting choices, KS! XO, Pinky

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Good advice, I have had no luck with my yards to date...someday, and I will remember this! Janell

Splendid Sass said...

Love lime plants and flowers! My hydrangeas are lime green. Fertilizers can change their colors.
Beautiful, Kathysue. You always have such beautiful color coordination.

The enchanted home said...

Whoa!! This took my breath away, the intensity of this colors is INCREDIBLE....so beautiful! Good luck, and there are a number of things you can put around the root bulb to change the color...gardenweb is an excellent resource to get info and tips..good luck!

Unknown said...

Great advice. I keep it simple . . although that is mostly due to the fact that I can only keep one or two things alive! So it all works out in the end. Love the blueberry photo.

Lee said...

Good timing! That cast iron planter is gorgeous with those lime/purple colors. Makes me happy!

Sue said...

I have always loved purple and bright green together...even before it was "in style"! I'm really disappointed that the first picture isn't a flower...I would order some! Sea creatures wouldn't work out so well here in Illinois:)

I've been missing for a bit because of the family stuff, but I'm trying to get back to it. Hope you have been well.

Karena said...

Kathy I adore this combination! very exciting and inspiring!! The images are all superb.

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Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Love the color combos and advice. The pitcher with stripes is dreamy. :)

Mel@georgica Pond said...

This normally isn't a colour combo that I'd pick for my house, but for the garden it's stunning, and I do love those interiors shots you've found. Such WOW factor for the decorator bold enough to use them. Your advice is very sage, all my favourite gardens and landscape designers use mass plantings of one variety or colour and I love the formality, uniformity and simple presentation it gives.

PS thanks so much for the "shout out" can't wait to see it. You've been such a great support. Mx

Muffy said...

Love that color combo! Infact, that was my wedding color scheme. Green dupioni silk bridesmaids dresses with fuschia/purple flowers.

Beach House Living said...

The purple and green is eye catching. My friend did her holiday tree in those colors last year. I wasn't sure about it until I saw it; it was really nice.