Brilliantly colored glass livens up a dreary winter day

Jeanne Cronce had this to share:

“Hi GPODers! Here is a bit of color to brighten up your day! Seattle has a Chihuly exhibit which seemed to scream color! This was a wonderful relief from our dark and dreary days here in the pacific northwest. Enjoy!

I love these photos because, though most of us don’t have giant piles of glass sculpture to put in the garden, color combinations are universal. Looking at the way the colors of the glass and plants work together can give you ideas you can deploy in your own garden.

Bright orange sculptures echo the color of red trig dogwood (Cornus sericea, Zones 3 – 8) and New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax, Zones 9 - 11).

Garden sculpture doesn’t have to be bright to work. The subtle colors of these glass sphere complement a rich green fern perfectly.

Lavender pillars of glass contrast with the glowing red tones of a mahonia (Mahonia sp.).

The contrast between yellow glass and black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' Zones 6 - 9) is a lesson in garden design: Use dark leaves plants to make lighter colors like yellow pop.

Swan-like lavender glass sculptures among white ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Peacock White’).

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