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A Garden Composition in Red, White, Green and Grey.

The photo above is a view of the gardens at Knockmore in Ireland. It caught my eye, even though red and white is not my favorite color scheme. What captivated my brain was the perspective created by placing red flowers in the foreground to echo the same flowers in the background. There, white flowers are repeated, as well. The dual repetition, when combined with grey rocks and green foliage, creates a beautiful composition.

I appreciate the manner by which the photographer set up the shot so that the upward slant of the red flowers in the foreground, probably Centranthus ruber, contrasts with the downward slant of the rock garden behind. Notice, too, how the mass of the evergreen shrub in the background harnesses the energy created by the opposing movements of the slants while echoing the mound shapes of the low growing white flowers.

This photo is used by Dublin Gardens as publicity to promote visits to English style gardens, situated in the vicinity of Dublin, Ireland.

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Reader Comments (5)

I felt a little flutter when I saw your photo -- like many of us in the chilly north, I can't wait till spring. I thought the red flower might be Centranthus, too. When my sister and I visited Wales a couple of years ago, it was everywhere; like one of those 'cracks in the sidewalk' flowers. We wished it would grow like that for us.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen at Toronto Gardens

Very very pretty! I agree. It's nice that foreground and background somewhat mirror each other.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLawn Mower Battery

I am not fond of red flowers either but I always manage to have some red work in. The gray looks great with red.


January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

You "got" it right! Our winters arrive earlier and stay longer. Heart flutter is what we need just about now.

January 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterAllan

For years, I avoided red and oranges in the garden. But the last few years, I'm crazy about them. Funny how tastes change. I think I tired of my designs being so timid, and more interested in bolder, punchier compositions. This photos is very inspiring. I read recently that when red is paired with black it's more vibrant; when red is paired with white and gray, it's less vibrant. The context of the color changes our perception of it.

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

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