Color Your Garden to Bring Life and Meaning to It

Color breathes life to anything. For kids, it marks their imagination growth and for gardeners, it means creativity and a good way of expressing yourself.

The gardening color palette, if used well, can create an interesting and appealing combination of seasonal colors of your plants. It is important that you select your plants carefully in creating a sequential effect that will greatly enhance your landscape.

Plants are selected according to the needed condition and types. Like designing your home's interior, color scheme is essential to achieve appealing results and also bring joy and comfort to you family and visitors.

Color Wheel

This was a pretty sight way back in grade school, but it is also a useful tool in creating art projects. It is a great tool to choose the perfect combination of color to your garden.

  • Green – Primary Color

Green is the main color in the garden. It is the hue that should stand out in all hues and shades in your landscape. It is the only color that you should enhance, complement or contrast.

  • Primary Colors

The primary hues are blue, yellow and red and they are used as the primary theme for your garden. It is essential that you don't mix these hues. You can go to a garden supply store and look for blue stones, yellow sand or red clay.

  • Secondary Colors

As green is mentioned as the primary, orange and purple are the remaining ones in secondary hues. When combined with any primary, you give emphasize to a certain primary hue as the theme.

Even if you make green as your primary or secondary, you won't have to worry matching the colors. You can nurture the green grass instead to make the color green stand out the most.

  • Complementary colors

This is the direct opposite of a certain color. Blue complements orange as well as purple to yellow and vice versa. Just make sure the materials you use will not overpower the overall landscape.

Too bright materials can make the green shrubs do little in improving the landscape. Keep in mind complementary colors should blend in well with each other.

  • Warm and Cool Hues

Red, yellow and orange are warm hues and they make your garden warm during sunset. Remember that blue and green are cool hues and when combined with red and yellow respectively will look warmer.

However, red with blue color and yellow with green hue are cooler than warmer. Purple and orange are ones that only stick to their respective groups.

Colors in Winter Days

Maintaining color in your garden is difficult during colder months especially that it is the time trees, plants and flowers seem to dry up and lose their leaves. In areas like Texas, the winters are mild so it is one area where you can see blossoming flowers even in winter days.

However, it is possible to keep the hues of your plants in winter months. You just have to know what plants can withstand the cold weather in your area. If you consider studying different plants and select them according to condition they need, then you will have a colorful garden all year round.

Use your imagination to create color combinations and schemes that will enhance your overall landscape. A one-color scheme could bring in a striking appearance while green with its shades could bring an appealing texture to your garden.

Creativity in the garden is essential to achieve a dramatic yet pleasing impact to your landscape. Keep in mind also that the shades of your garden should complement the season – warm shades during summer and spring, orange during autumn and cool shades during winter. Playing well with colors can create a comfortable and seasonal outdoor environment for your home.


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