The gardening season has arrived in all its glory. And if you’re like us, dreaming of creating beautiful bursts of color in your yard, you’re probably busy drawing up plant lists and roaming nurseries.
Before you venture out, however, Better Business Bureau magazine suggests you consult a source artists rely on all the time: “If you want to create an irresistibly colorful garden,” says BBB, “start with the color wheel. When you understand how colors relate to each other, you can fashion… a fiesta in a pot, a multicolored meadow or whatever else you desire.”
On the color wheel, those colors near or next to each other offer a harmonious look. Colors opposite each other create more dramatic effects. Studying their relationships can enhance your garden choices.
Here are some color tips, based on the desired effect:
For drama: Use colors opposite each other on the color wheel. “For example, blue delphiniums would complement orange lilies; purple liatris would highlight golden black-eyed Susans; and lime-green heuchera would pop against red coleus,” notes BBB.
To brighten shady spots: Use pale colors or white. White also tones down intense colors and separates “bold colors that vie for attention.”
For elegance: Try a monochromatic palette, such as planting only white flowers. Add texture and foliage in between to give the flowers more pop.
For serenity and peace: Try cool blues, greens and purples.
For a sense of energy: Choose yellows, reds and oranges.
To create depth in a flower bed or to make a small garden look larger: Use cool colors (blues, greens, purples).
To create impact: Plant large swaths of color, rather than small patches of differently colored flowers. Large swaths, notes BBB, also provide the “most impact for long and middle views.”