In the latest issue of Fine Gardening, Sydney Eddison, a colour-passionate contributor to the magazine, dispels the gardener's fear of dynamic reds by writing about the types of red in flowers, and how to use them.
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Calling attention to the assertive nature of red and how it has the power to draw the eye more than any other colour, Eddison goes on to mention that red has many faces, chief among these being cool red, true red, and warm red. Also among those three are tints, which are softer versions of their titles.
|Eddison tells us that Cool Red contains blue, and is seen as a good partner to deep blues and violets, as the blue with the red makes it closer to both on the colour wheel, but working with its opposite, green-yellow, would make for a stunning contrast. The Cool Red Tint involves a bit of blue as well, but is a bit softer than its bold counterpart.|
|True red is how it sounds, which is the pure primary we all know. Eddison says that its obvious partner is true green, again thinking of the colour wheel. Vivid pinks fall into the true red tint category, and can be just as eye-catching as true red, finding a home among softer pinks and whites.|
|Warm red has just a touch of yellow in the aforementioned true red, and are said to be the most attention-grabbing yet. The tint in this family easily blends with warm oranges and yellows, but makes for a beautiful contrast with blues and violets.|
In all, Eddison says that contrast catches the eye, especially with red, which seems to say, "Stop! Look at me!" and she fully encourages experimentation with different combinations. Planting two kinds of reds together, like the warm and cool reds, without true red between them, would serve as a clash, but seeing them in progression would open the eye to appreciate all the glorious bold colour.
Sydney Eddison also assembles a magazine through Fine Gardening called Plant Combinations, and it can be found through the Fine Gardening website.