Friday, June 19, 2015

Green Shapes



We tend to give more importance to colours than to shape and texture. However, if you reduce colours to a single one - green - shapes and textures become a lot more noticeable as well as more significant and easy to appreciate.
The contrast of shape and texture is more obvious in the early part of the gardening season, before the "actual" colours take center stage, and we start ignoring the backdrop for the garden. In these pictures taken in late spring, the various greens are more distinct and fresh. I try to illustrate the play of shape and texture, without the diversion created by various colours.



So different, yet all are varieties of  Hylotelephium spectabile (Sedum spectabile). They will look more alike when in bloom.







Very soon all greens are going to look a bit tired, will merge into a uniform background, losing much of their individuality.


10 comments:

  1. A lot of interesting greens there!

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  2. I agree, there are so many different shapes and textures that we can play around with in the garden, to make pleasing contrasts. It makes planting great fun!

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  3. It's such s shame that we can't keep the fresh spring greens for longer. I'll have to explore the shapes in our garden.

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  4. I love when the borders are full of different shades and textures of greens.

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  5. In the shadiest parts of the garden I rely on greens and texture to provide interest. Love that little fern, it grows here too.

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  6. An interesting subject. Sometimes I think I need to try to see my garden with fresh eyes a little more. I think of it as too much green, but the textures do indeed provide visual interest. Thanks for this thought-provoking post.

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  7. The textures look great, and you really have a good eye for picking them out. A little sad to think of the green becoming tired looking but that path through the meadow still speaks of summer!

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  8. I love green foliage too Alain. Your sedum (photo 3) looks very pretty. Does it flower?

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  9. If I had more room I would have a green only part of the garden, it is so restful, and without the distraction of flowers how interesting all the different shapes and textures look.

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  10. If I had more room I would have a green only part of the garden, it is so restful, and without the distraction of flowers how interesting all the different shapes and textures look.

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