Dark Shades Of GreenI used to work as a Landscape Architectural Technician, and I learned a lot about landscape architecture, plant species, planting designs, what works well together, what doesn't. I may not know a lot, but I know enough to be quite opinionated on my own garden....I like it to look good!
I love brightly coloured gardens with lots of flowers and colour variations. But I have a great affinity for shaded gardens. I love the gentle shades of light and dark greens mixed together, the dark moist soils, the deep woody browns, deep carpets of ground cover. Very quickly I came to love the varieties of hosta and ferns, their wide dense leaves.
One of my most favourite parks is Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline, Scotland. I happened upon it when I was there in 2008, and for an hour, I walked in its dense forest of dark trees, with wet dark pathways, hostas, ferns, mosses. It was so dense, you could not see the sky above. The greens played against the dark wet woods, and the colours were spectacular. It was exquisite. I have never seen such a beautiful shaded forest before.