Paint with plants

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Get the French Im­pres­sion­ist look at home, by plant­ing large ar­eas in a re­strained palette of colours, tamed with green. Use he­le­ni­ums, rud­beckia and nas­tur­tiums or al­chemilla, gera­ni­ums, iris and cos­mos. Weav­ing to­gether a sub­tle ta­pes­try of plants and fo­liage is as fash­ion­able now as it was in Monet’s day – or pos­si­bly more so – and the best ef­fect is achieved through us­ing va­ri­eties that have rel­a­tively small f low­ers that are pro­lif­i­cally pro­duced. Daisies like marigolds and cos­mos are good, as are echinops and eryn­gium, com­bined with state­ment shapes and plants such as roses, sun­flow­ers, aga­pan­thus, hol­ly­hocks or pe­onies.

Soft colour match­ing and dots of con­trast char­ac­terise Monet’s plant­ing. Here are blue iris and froths of hon­esty and sol­idago

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