Green, and all it’s Shades

A little something from my looking at the color green.

A Study in Green
A Study in Green

One of those days when I was just trying to get my mind right to start working on a drawing.


Fooling around on something like this reminds me again, why more designers need to look at foliage and not just the color of the flowers.

To me this is one of the biggies that separate Landscape Designers from Garden Designers and especially from the Garden Enthusiast who spend so much time obsessing over the color of a certain flower as it survives for such a short life span.

Now looking at the shades of green in a large planting as the greens works against each other through the entire growing season seem more important.

Important to the overall harmony of the growing season.


Throw in the texture and form along with the foliage aspect and you can really have a dynamic garden even if it is all green. I realize that I am speaing to the choir(professionals) here. Though a friendly reminder never hurt.

I think all this talk anout texture and foliage has determined my next post. A look at fall, expecially grasses and how a bed loooks for several months.

To me this is a very neglected part of design. Fall the fall color, foliage, texture, and changes.

Exciting stuff.

The Landscape in Winter
The Landscape in Winter

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. Right on with the color green!

    As an arborist their are gradients of green in diagnosing problems in trees and overall health.

    I was surprised to hear a designer talk about the different shades of green. Good point!

    Surprised, oh hey, I’m hurt. But I will survive somehow. We professional designers do pay attention to this sort of thing.

    I hope that in the future you are exposed to designers who care about more than the color scheme of annuals or the progression of perennials in flower.

    I do appreciate your comment, and hope you continue to stop in and comment, thanks!

  2. Absolutely!

    Its also interesting to see how all the greens transition into all the other non-green or seemingly non-green colors in the landscape.

    Take the green out and we have less interesting vistas.

    That’s what is so great about that foliage, all the blending and contrast.

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