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It is a good idea to keep color related when designing a border. Warm reds go best with oranges, yellow-oranges, and yellows; the scarlets and vermillions and the coral pink and flesh pink also relate to these warm shades. The cool reds--magenta, crimson, bluish pinks--work better with white, lavender, blues and purples. The background against which flowers will be seen should also be considered. (Orange-red brick walls would not be a suitable background for magenta and cool reds, orchid and bright purplish flowers)