By Glenna Sheaffer
In a garden most people think of color as being the flowers when they are blooming. This is not the only type of color you should plan for. In the spring especially, the new foliage color as it comes out of the ground can be quite varied.
Besides grass green or dark green you will see pinks, reds, yellows, purples, blue-greens and chartreuse. In variegated plants whites, pinks and yellows are often brightest in spring. This is the time to study your flower gardens [even look at your grasses, trees and shrubs] for the color they display.
Early spring is usually the perfect time when you can move them to play off each other and make a balanced tapestry of color throughout your garden. White is the only color that should be used in a minor role. Yellow and cream are better artistically at separating brighter colors. At least jot down what you want to change for next season if you get to it too late.
At this time another facet to look for is how the textures flow through the garden. Don’t place a ferny plant next to another ferny plant. One of them will probably meld in with the other and will not be as apparent as they would be if they had been originally placed away from each other. Separate them with wide or small leaved plants or grasses to move the textures around to play off each other.