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Color Placement

plate 15
Plate 15. Seasonal Distribution of Bloom
A. Early Spring D. Early Spring
B. Spring E. Midsummer
C. Late Spring F. Fall

Placement and proportion of color groups are important too. Color, for any given season, should never be concentrated in any one bed or border to the exclusion of others. Spread it over the entire garden so as to create the illusion of abundance everywhere. Color can also be placed so as to distract attention from those spots which are past bloom, or which have not yet taken their place in the progression. (Plate 15.)

Balance can be strengthened through proper color placement. When a mass of strong color is used, there should also be several masses of lighter color, or plenty of green foliage nearby to hold down the more brilliant color. When large masses of a light or luminous color are used, a few smaller groups of a darker or stronger color, or shades of the color should be added to bring the whole into harmonious relationship.

Brilliant colors should never be concentrated in one place, and dull colors in another, except where brilliant color is used in partial shade. Where you attempt to exaggerate distance and scale with the use of strong or brilliant color, use it boldly near at hand. When the strong colors are placed with the weaker, the stronger lose some of their strength and appear subdued, while the weaker colors take on added strength.


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