Least Favorite Garden Fad
Interesting foliage is a good thing but ...
I am so bloody sick of seeing "purple" leafed plants that are really a dingy maroony brown paired with blindingly bright chartreuse. Oh yeah, with maybe a few harsh, discordant bits of magenta flower thrown in for good measure. Now, of course, the garden porn in the magazines never look like this. Nope, they use filters and color correction to get the purple all bright and shiny. But in RL, I see this color disaster all the time.
If I put together an outfit in that color scheme and wore it outside, people would cross the street to get away from me. No one would wait on me in shops. The bottom-line for garden color schemes is -- would you be caught dead wearing it as clothing? If the answer is a big fat no, then -- DON'T PLANT IT!