We all know that colors can affect our mood and so we decorate our houses to suit the feeling we want to create in each room. The same applies in the garden where the colors of the flowers will determine whether our outdoor space is cheerful, energizing or calm. In this article which I found on the Houzz website Lauren Dunec Hoang describes three color palettes that help to set the garden’s mood.
Nothing has more immediate impact on the mood of a garden than color. When it comes to putting together a garden color palette, you can first decide how you want a space to make you feel and then choose the color scheme accordingly. If you want a cheerful and inviting space, choose foliage and blooms in light and medium pastel shades. If you?d like to feel energized, go for a high-contrast pairing of fiery red flowers and deep purple foliage. For a feeling of tranquility, turn to blooms in peaceful blues and whites.
Don?t know where to begin? Take a look at garden beds in three pleasing color palettes that each set a specific mood for the landscape.Why bother with a color palette? Gardens with too much variety can feel overwhelming and look cluttered. Sticking to a color scheme for a planting gives a garden a balanced, put-together look and can help you avoid impulse purchases at the nursery. It?s up to personal taste, but limiting the number of different colors to no more than five can be a helpful rule of thumb. While this may seem constraining, adopting a more disciplined approach to plantings can harmonize the look and feel of your garden without sacrificing plant diversity.1. Cheerful and Inviting
Color palette: Medium blue-green, light green, bright orchid, eggshell, deep violetEvoke the look of Monet?s garden in Giverny with a watercolor palette of pink, blue, purple, green and soft yellow. Pastels feel fresh and harmonious in the garden, transitioning smoothly from one soft hue to the next. Like the first blooms in spring, pastel color palettes feel cheerful and inviting ? making them a great choice for entryway and front yard plantings.
Pastel color palettes can include all hues on the color wheel in muted tones. Adding one or two plants in a more saturated color ? like a dark green-leaved shrub or deep purple perennial ? can keep a pastel color palette from looking washed out.In this woodland garden outside of Boston, the designer banked the beds with pastel blooms mixed with plants that have silver to medium green foliage. Here we see white peonies, dark purple ?May Night? sage (Salvia ?May Night?), lavender-pink ?Globemaster? alliums (Allium ?Globemaster?), silver-leaved Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), lamb?s ears (Stachys byzantina) and evergreen inkberry (Ilex glabra).See more at HouzzFeature photo: Bliss Garden Design