VISUAL PROOF OF RANDY'S COLOR-TIERING TECHNIQUE
In my book, Gulf Coast Gardening with Randy Lemmon, I dedicated an entire section in the chapter on shrubs to "color-tiering." My theory behind color-tiering, for those who don't have the book, is to use the color differences in the leaves of many of our standard landscaping shrubs in order to create striking color differences in the landscape. Thus, saving you buckets of money on "adding color pockets" -- flat after flat of annuals, season after season.
While the book is not chock full of pictures (which helped keep the price down below 20 bucks) mainly as a means to keep it more as a "rule book" for this area's landscaping, I did stumble across a couple of pictures I shot of my own landscape (one from the front yard and one from the back yard) to give you a general idea of how well color-tiering works.
Ultimately, the point I want to re-emphasize is that with the proper planting of shrubs and ground covers with differing color schemes, you can really create a striking landscape with color variations that don't just come from consistent re-hashing of color flats. Let me know of your combination of color-tiering plants, and if you are truly proud of your creations, send us a picture as well. It could be the incentive we need to start a color-tiering landscape gallery on the GardenLine web page. If you've never tried color-tiering with landscape plants, I hope this stirs your creative juices as we get close to the spring planting season.
Until then, here's to great gardening from the GardenLine, heard exclusively weekend mornings 6 to 10 on Saturdays and 7 to 10 Sunday mornings on NewsRadio 740 KTRH.
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