Many years ago, first while touring Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Garden in England, then while touring Nancy Goodwin’s Montrose garden, ENVY struck again. I saw two gardens that I wanted.
I showed Ms "Garden Designer" these pictures that I had taken at Wisley and Montrose. She prepared a plan.
Of course the Hot Color Garden requires full sun, so Mr Lumberjack removed a large oak that blocked the sun. The north half gets all day sun while the south half gets only afternoon sun (shaded by Mr "Neighbor's trees, which I can't remove; Ah well).
After everything that Ms "Garden Designer" specified was planted, Mr "Gardener" and I thought there weren't enough plants, so we planted more bright red Canna patens and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer'.
But Castor Bean, Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita Bright Red', is the real stunner in the Hot Color Garden: this annual grows ten feet tall in full sun and about half that in half sun.
Over the years, the Hot Color Garden was not hot enough, so Ms “Garden Designer”, Mr “Gardener” and I modified it.
And we’ll keep modifying it until we get it right.