We all have our own taste regarding what
we want to surround ourselves with. My husband and I have mixed
traditional furniture along with a few antiques. We decided to
incorporate antiques into our home because it is over a hundred
years old. We have used soft colors on the walls in the various
rooms of our home. We both work in offices that have all white
walls so we decided to use color on the walls at home.
My girl friend and her husband have very modern tastes. They
have their living room and guess bath room done in black and
white. She wants to create a similar effect in their yard. She
bought black pots and was going to fill them with white
flowers. She knows that I like to garden so she asked me to
visit the nursery with her to help pick out the white flowers.
I personally thought this sounded like a boring idea. Their
home is white with black trim. The white flowers would blend
into the background of the house and would not be noticeable.
My friend insisted that this is what she wanted. We picked out
several long lasting annuals that do well in containers. She
bought petunias, salvias, star flowers, geraniums and begonias.
The white flowers were pretty, but I felt they needed color. I
did talk her into buying some greens to plant in the pots with
the white flowers.
We brought the flowers to her house and I helped her
transplant the small plants into the containers. This was in
the spring of the year. We live about eighty miles apart so we
do not get to each other’s home very often. We usually meet mid
way between our homes when we get together. I asked her often
how the planters were coming along. Her answer was always that
they were growing. In mid July I stopped to see my friend at
her house. I could not believe it when I walked up to her door
step. The white flowers were beautiful and were growing very
well. In the middle of each pot the white geraniums were
replaced with a vibrant red one. The combination was great. My
friend had an additional surprise for me in the house. She had
bought red accent pillows for the living room as well as some
red glass pieces. In the bathroom she decorated with red towels
and rugs. The splash of color made the rooms appear warmer and
more welcoming. My friend said that the white flowers helped
her make the decision to add some color. The flowers were
beautiful, but no one noticed them because they blended in to
their background. The red color caught people’s attention, and
then the entire pot was admired.