Joseph De Sciose
Listen up. Your flowers have something to say: Pick one color, and send a sure message. These eye-catching 'Super Olympia Red' begonias in Ben Spencer's garden shout out a welcome.
To make the hearty greeting even bolder, Ben didn't stop with a single line of wax begonias (Begonia semperflorens-cultorum). He purchased flats of 36 and planted the versatile annuals 8 inches apart in meandering drifts. Then he repeated the color in all of the containers on his front terrace. "Though I've tried darker shades, nothing seems to sing quite like red," says Ben.
Do you have to plant a lot of flowers to make a big impression? Not if you follow this rule: Plant one flower in one color en masse.
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"Hello, Color!" is from the May 2006 issue of Southern Living.