|Hot pink peppermint striped tulips with golden daffodils at the Toronto Botanical Garden, 2010|
If you are unsure whether certain colours clash, there's colour theory for that – clash is pairing a colour with another to the left or right of its complement on the colour wheel. See this illustration over on ColorBay.com. This Friday Idea File contains a bouquet of clash. Tell us what you think.
And, no, I can't resist a bad pun. Even the same bad pun. Maybe because I have a touch of brash.
|Magenta perennial sweetpea (Lathyrus latifolius) grabs attention against a mass of orange ditch lilies (Hemerocallis fulva)|
|A gentle clash in a similar scheme. The pinks are a little less blue, and white tones it down, but the combo is still bold.|
|Here, the pink underlying the orange in the coneflower (Echinacea) echoes the magenta rose campion (Lychnis coronaria)|
|It's go bold or go home in this paintbox bed of annuals at the Indy Museum of Art.|
|Even this pairing of orange, purple, hot pink and chartreuse "shouldn't" work. But it does. Don't you think?|