The Poetic Beauty of a {mostly} Monochromatic Garden

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A monochromatic garden with a few pops of color may sound a bit humdrum but over the years my front flowerbeds have slowly evolved and contain perennials that are almost all either pink or purple.  It wasn't planned this way but instead seemed to be the way I gravitated when choosing flowers to plant.  The few  splashes of color in the flower beds are there by the hand of nature and not my own (with the exception of one yellow annual that I did plant in a container this year).

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Gardens can invoke so many emotions such as joy of an almost ecstatic manner or peace and calm.  Without realizing it {I am not known for my planning skills} I have created a pink and purple haven to quietly rest and enjoy the sounds of water, bumble bees and birds.  

The top of a garden fountain

Most of my flowers were bought as single perennials that have multiplied and invited themselves without any help from me to other areas of the garden.  

Bee Balm in the garden

The bee balm was purchased in a lone pot when my middle son was just a baby....and has spread to now occupy space on both sides of the arbor......

Purple Loosestrife

The purple loosestrife has grown and grown and grown and now is one rather large almost-bush like flower......


Echinacea began in the center of a garden bed along the driveway and has worked it's way up both sides of the flower bed and into the area in front of the house....

Brunello Asian lily

The bold hues of the Brunello Asian lily - the only orange flowers I have - were not planted by me....I had originally planted Stargazer lilies that blended perfectly but after three years of blooming they totally disappeared from the beds and in their place these orange blooms appeared.....and have spread like wildfire. 


I planted this clematis as a single stem about 6 inches high to wind it's way through my porch rails....


The rails are gone but the clematis remains hardier than ever wrapping itself around a small wrought iron trellis and giving a bit of shade to the otherwise exposed front porch.

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It all comes together much like the verses of a poem and is one of my favorite places to spend a summer day.

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  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Mary Beth.... your garden is beautiful! I too love the pink flowers in my garden. In the past I would focus on white, pink, purple, and blue flowers... it evoked a feeling of tranquility like yours. What a happy place to escape to. 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Diane! I need to add a touch more color...maybe next year ~ it's funny how I never realized that I was always planting flowers in the same tones. I imagine your garden was beautiful. 🙂

  2. Noa Ambar Regev says:

    Beautiful garden and such lovely photos!

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