Franz Goebel Landscapes featured in the April 2004 edition of Sunset Magazine

Color excites us, but it scares us too.  Or at least it does when we read about color theory and attempt to apply it in the garden.  Primary, secondary, analogous, and complementary colors; intensity, value, and hue.  So much to worry about.  Well, forget it.

You got dressed this morning without thinking about these things, didn’t you?  And you probably didn’t worry over a color wheel for hours when you decorated your house, either.  Most of us approach these tasks intuitively.  Whether we’re conscious of it or not, we have an instinctive way of approaching color.  Don’t fight it; apply the same technique to your garden.

BY SHARON COHOON