Inspiration for Annual Beds from Epcot - Color Combinations - April 2021

Over the years, I've posted about various places that I've found gardening inspiration around the world.  There's the big one - Luxembourg Gardens in Paris - that maybe had the BIGGEST impact on me.  But there's also all of the things I've taken in around Japan including the pretty great Gotenyama Garden and all of their street trees. And, the boxwood hedges outside of the FedEx HQ that have an almost cloud-like form. And the Jacques Wirtz hedges that I've never seen in real life, but love online.  The fountain/pond at the cut flower garden inside the Morton Arboretum.  

And, of course, there's Disney Parks. I've posted about their roses, trees and plants many times.  And I've added Disneyland Roses and a Belgian Fence espalier based on what I picked up there.  

One of the things that I recently noticed was the color combinations in some of their annual beds.  Let's start with this bed showing off a really great Pooh Bear topiary (he's a favorite in our house) inside of the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot.  Check out the colors and shapes.  Purples, reds, oranges and yellows.  

Here's a closer look at some of the flowers mixed together below:

And here:

Neat stuff, right?

Now, I've taken similar annual color combination and plant combinations before from our travels including this container mix of purple salvia, yellow zinnias and red petunias from last year's patio.  This was the exact combination we saw in a bed at Luxembourg Gardens the previous Summer.  And I loved it. 

This mix from Epcot has similar things going on - including purple salvia as well as some pops of orange and yellow in the shape of petal'd flowers.  And some lower-level blue and yellow flowers.  Love it all.

I'm thinking that maybe this is something we can add to the front yard - in front of the boxwoods - this year.  Some pops of color.  I'm off to buy some annuals.  Kinda without a plan.  Which, we all know is not good for anybody.


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