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MAR-APR 2019

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M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 9 | 61 GIOIA BROWNE SEES THE BIG PICTURE. So, rather than thinking of her garden's hues as a separate entity, she factored in the natural-gray shingle of the house with its light-gray trim. Looking into the surrounding fields, she also added the gray stone walls and outbuildings into the equation. As a result, she decided that her gardens needed richness layered against the muted surroundings. "At first, I used pale colors," she admits. "But they weren't vibrant enough." Most notably, she took the French blue on the front door and the door to the summerhouse and drew it into the garden with periwinkle-hued bloomers such as phlox and Spanish bluebells. Because she tends to wear reds and oranges often, she peppered those shades into the garden to serve as subtle beacons. "I like defined areas," she says. "I don't want elements running together." She avoids dark colors such as deep purple "because they create a hole." Chartreuse stitches it all together, and mature trees form vertical accents. Most important, colors are repeated to draw the concept outward with symmetry that gives the composition structure. The effect feels uplifting—and infinitely cheerful.

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