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Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research ...
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Dr. Stevens has been at Kansas State University for over 20 years researching flowers. He serves as the State Extension Specialist in Floriculture and is director of the Horticulture Research Center in Olathe, KS Robin R. Dremsa is a Research Associate who manages the flower trials. She's been at the K-State Hort. Research & Extension Center since 2007.
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Green: Nature's Neutral

Think about landscapes in the summer months, and what color do you see everywhere? Green!

Green grass, green shrubs, green trees.  Nature's neutral color is green!  Even the best maintained landscape that is only green grass, green shrubs and green trees is dull, boring and lacks pizazz.  Folks will drive by or walk down the sidewalk in front of it and hardly notice it. 

Flowers are the brightly colored throw pillows of your landscape

If the living room of our personal home had an exclusively neutral palette (white, off white, cream, beige) and we asked an interior decorator for advice, the first thing they would suggest is two brightly colored throw pillows be placed on the beige upholstered couch.  Color contrast is an important element for an interesting landscape, especially in the front of our homes.  Annual flowers are the brightly colored throw pillows that provide the color contrast for a landscape with pop.  Large flower beds can be spectacular and are certainly nice to see, but a pot of geraniums on either side of the front door or six petunias here and six more over there, a couple of bright color spots, can be very effective as well.
Do you have pictures of color spots in your own front yard? Please share!

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