Crown Jewels in the Garden A-Z Blog Challenge


Jewels (Crown) in the Garden

 “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could describe your garden as a ‘jewel box full of beautiful plant treasurers? It is entirely possible, and the smaller your outdoor space, the easier it is to be.”

A quote from the book, @The Jewel Box Garden by @Thomas Hobbs

 Our gardens are an extension of our homes. Sitting at a round table placed in front of the windows that look out onto the back garden, I await impatiently for late Spring in North Carolina. I’m eager to welcome the crown Jewels that are my plant treasures…a color palate of blues, purples, yellows, white and pinks. Walking through my house you wouldn’t expect to find ‘hot colors’ of red and orange in my garden.  The color yellow on my family room walls is repeated in the garden. The color blue in my mother’s Miesian china kitchen canisters marked Flour, Barley, Tea etc. sit in my kitchen now. Blue and purple flowers are the crown jewels in my garden. Look at my Pinterest board for more photographs of other beautiful gardens with this color scheme.

When I wrote Greening of a Heart, set in a Vicarage garden, Hannah Winchester is weeding one of her long herbaceous borders.

“Now resting back on her heels, she looked across the lawn towards the church’s Norman tower visible above the tree line. One day the plantings in these borders would reflect back the beauty of the stained glass windows in all their holy colors: deep blues, yellows, reds and purples.”

Do you remember how exciting it was to open a fresh box of ‘back to school paints’?  Planting a garden in your color palate brings infinite pleasure. Assess your garden now with the crown jewels of color in mind.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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