Colours Lined Up

Dunedin Botanic Garden, colour beds and knot garden.
Photos taken 15 January. New Zealand

For information on the knot garden:

Traditional design stands test of time


A series of large rectangular garden beds surrounded by green mown lawn where each bed features flowers of a different colour. Foreground bed is purple, followed by yellow, red and then white. After the white is a blue bed (unseen in the photo). Beyond are trees and blue sky. The colour beds are arranged in line, and they parallel a length of wide sealed path.


Part of the knot garden with shaped low box hedges, in-planted with summer-flowering plants in bloom. The flowers are mostly white with touches of dusky pink, and are well above the hedge height. “The design of the knot garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden is based on the Shakespeare garden in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.”


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2023)

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    1. I guess I don’t really wonder about that, Tanja. It seems natural to do this due to curiosity and creativity, and other decisions like providing habitat/food for certain creatures, or shelter/shade etc. And it’s true some people’s decisions are based on making a power statement – which seems a sad reason!

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      1. Of course, there are probably as many different tastes in garden designs as there are gardeners–and that’s perfectly fine. It’s just a thought that crossed my mind when I saw all the rectangles arranged by colour.

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        1. I can’t think of anywhere else where I can go and see flowers grouped in a series by colour. It seems an obvious thing to do but I can’t recall seeing anything like this when travelling overseas. The late Nori and Sandra Pope did a very fine colour garden in the UK, as recorded by the photos in their book ‘Colour by Design’.

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  1. The top picture is my favorite kind of flower bed–riotious plantings, lush, abundant. What I like about the second is that the flowers have overgrown the border meant to contain them (kind of coloring outside the lines).

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