Color Scheme Gardens
Color scheme gardens are for those of us that dream in color or are just madly in love with certain colors. If you want to try something different in your garden, try planning a color scheme garden.
What color is your house? Do you have some architectural element that you’d like to incorporate in the garden? These are some things to think about when planning your color garden.
Painting your lawn chairs to complement your color garden and using containers in those colors around the patio can also bump up your color choice.
Do you need a new birdbath this year? Think about buying one that is glazed in a bright color. I have one that is cobalt blue in one of my gardens.
Flowers come in a kaleidoscope of colors and once you’ve chosen a color it’s easy to find many plants that will fit your bill no matter what color you’re in love with.
Now in the dead of winter is time to study the plant catalogs and send away for seeds and plants in your favorite palette. If you are looking for particular colors and cultivars, ordering them from catalogs is probably smart because your local nursery has only so much space and since they can’t read your mind, they might not order the colors you’re dreaming of.
Later, when spring is upon us, you can take a stroll through the nursery and grab whatever you can find that will complement the choices you’ve made in February.
Not all color gardens are planned. Some happen by accident. Since blue is my favorite color, I tend to gravitate toward anything blue. After several years of buying anything blue I have quite by accident created a blue garden. That’s probably true for all of us so don’t be afraid to trust your instincts.
If you’re not sure this works, just take a peak in your closet. How many times have you bought the same color in a sweater or a top? It works better in the garden though because the garden can wear more than one plant at a time.
Garden designers could probably design a spectacular garden for you, but Mother Nature has a way of designing gorgeously, also, and sometimes with some wonderful, serendipitous surprises thrown in. Mother Nature is more economical, too!
Here are a couple of tips though that may help you design your own color garden. Don’t plant things all alone; plant in clusters of three or five for greater impact. Think in terms of waves or drifts of color.
Take a look at a color wheel, too, or visit your local hardware store and pick up some paint samples. Not every plant has to be the same hue. You could plant coordinating colors or choose some color combinations that would make the chosen color pop.
Two combinations I love are blue with a pop of bright orange or for something a little subtler think blue and lemon yellow. I have a friend who loves pink. Her goal for this summer is to design a pink garden. I’m planning on helping her, and I think using some white in the garden will make her pink look even pinker.
Another tip for your garden is to layer it. Start with an architectural element perhaps and layer downward from there, or start with evergreens, then bushes, then plants, and finally groundcovers. This doesn’t have to be strict though. A tall delphinium, or foxglove or an oriental lily that pops up between shorter plants is a welcome focus for your eye.
You can also layer the garden with flowering vines. A shepherd’s hook full of wave petunias would certainly add color to a small space, as would an arbor or trellis covered with old fashioned roses.
Don’t just plant for the flowers either. Think about the texture, shape and colors of the foliage on your plants. Hostas, (which by the way come in hundreds of varieties), artemesia, ferns and grasses can add a lot of color to your gardens. Green is a color and there are countless shades of it.So have some fun and design your own clor garden.
Look below for related articles to create your own color scheme garden and for help choosing some particular plants for your own garden.
White Flower Garden
A Pink Garden
A Yellow Garden
Red White and Blue Garden
An Orange Garden
Bold Color Combinations
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