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06/21/2013

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WHY WHITE? A fairy lily is bright white against green foliage. Photo by Kenpei via Wikimedia Commons A PLETHORA OF SHADES IN A LANDSCAPING BED CAN BENEFIT FROM THE ADDITION OF SOME 'COOL' BLOOMS By Rick Wielgorecki Contributing Writer For some time, when considering planting annuals or mass plantings, I could not see the point of including ones that produced white flowers. "What lack of imagination," I thought. With all the colors of the rainbow and beyond available, why choose with boring, white blooms? the white blossoms give the viewer a chance to pause and take relief from the intensity of a scene that a myriad of shades creates. When orchestrating a chromatic riot in a flowerbed, I have always tried to include both warm and cool colors. Red, purple and vivid pinks heat up the bed and draw the eye into Eventually, I think at the suggestion of a close, the arrangement. White, along with salmon, artistic female friend, I gave white plants a yellow and light pinks, provides the counterchance, and since trying them I have decid- point to keep things interesting. ed they are not only viable but also essential! They are the quintessence of cool colors. May- So if your landscapes' colors need some tonbe it is because white is a combination of all ing down, look to white to provide neutralizcolors that they fit so well. Maybe it is because ing light.

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