A cobalt blue wall backs a chartreuse-leafed hosta and amethyst flower (Browallia).
Entering Diana Stratton's garden in Healdsburg, California, is like stepping into an artist's canvas. Every inch of the garden designer's shady hillside retreat is a visual feast.
The garden's bold, bright palette grew out of Stratton's childhood memories of living in Morocco. At her home in Healdsburg, she opted for a similarly striking look. Now the once-white greenhouse is painted cobalt blue and trimmed with chartreuse; red and salmon pink roses grow beside it for vivid contrast. A lush assortment of flowers and foliage surrounds them.
Design: Diana Stratton, Diana Stratton Design, Healdsburg, CA (707/433-2582)
5 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO A GARDEN
Use paint chips to select a palette, or take your design cues from a favorite object (such as a bowl) whose colors appeal to you. Then choose flowers, paint, and furnishings that mirror those colors.
Use high-energy colors such as red and orange sparingly, soothing colors such as green and purple more extensively.
Choose different tones of the same color ― lime green, forest green, and apple green, for instance ― and use them throughout the garden.
Scatter vivid furnishings, flowers, and pots around the garden as focal points.
Paint a wall, trellis, shed, or bench in one or more of your favorite bright colors. You can always repaint if you don't like it.