Pimpernel Press Ltd www.pimpernelpress.com The Gardener’s Book of Colour Copyright © Pimpernel Press Ltd 2015 Text and photographs copyright © Andrew Lawson 1996, 2015 First published in 1996 by Frances Lincoln Limited This revised edition published by Pimpernel Press Limited 2015 Designed by Becky Clarke All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission in writing from the publisher or a licence permitting restricted copying. In the United Kingdom such licences are issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN 978-1-9102-5802-6 Printed and bound in China 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
page 1 Ginger-orange Dahlia ‘David Howard’ seen against a haze of violet nepeta. page 2 Colour echoes. Bicoloured pink and white Lupinus ‘The Chatelaine’ has been cleverly par tnered with Rosa ‘Wife of Bath’ in which the bud and the fully open flower echo the same two colours. right A single colour planting. The white garden at Sissinghurst is the iconic prototype of this approach to colour. This planting of Delphinium ‘Sunbeam’ with Rosa ‘Windrush’ is in the private garden of Sibylle Kreutzberger, who was joint head gardener at Sissinghurst. This shows how the best single colour combinations are those with plants of contrasting shapes, textures and outlines.
Notes on Plant Directories The plant directories that appear within the chapter on Single Colours comprise brief descriptions of the most prominent plants illustrated in the book, together with a selection of plants that are highly recommended for gardening with colour. Plants have been placed within broad colour categories, but it should be emphasized that related colours merge together imperceptibly, and the delineation between them cannot be precise. Also plant colour can be variable. The distinction between blues and violets is especially difficult and depends on factors such as the maturity of the flowers and on light conditions. Colour photography brings different hazards. The human eye is sensitive to certain wavelengths of light, and colour film has slightly different sensitivity. Film, for instance, will pick up bands of infra-red light which the eye cannot see. Some ‘blue’ flowers reflect infra-red, and so they appear pinker in photographs than they do in reality.
The heights and spreads of plants, indicated as H and S in each plant entry, represent the average dimensions of a mature plant. The spread is a measure of the diameter of a single plant, which is the recommended minimum planting distance between two plants. Soil, climate and plant husbandry will have a bearing on these dimensions and they may diverge from those indicated.
The hardiness zone, quoted as Z in each plant entry, is a rough guide to the appropriate minimum temperature a plant will tolerate. The chart on page 220 shows the average annual minimum temperature of each zone.