How To Use Color To Set The Mood Of The Garden

The color scheme you choose for your garden will set the mood and feel of the landscape. This is mainly concerned with the color of the flowers, but also includes other items of decor. The article quoted below includes seven examples of planting schemes to illustrate how color can be used in the design. I came across these ideas in an article by Amanda which I found on the American Meadows website.

A garden is a reflection of your creativity and one easy way to design a cohesive landscape is with color. Color in the garden not only comes from flowers, but also from foliage, furniture, stonework and other accents you choose to add to your outdoor space. Different color schemes create different looks and feels in the garden. Whether you?re looking for a quiet, calming retreat to drink a cup of coffee, or a vibrant spot to host parties, color can help you achieve any mood.

Plant All Purple Perennials:


One way to create a statement through color is to plant a monochromatic garden, by choosing and planting varieties all of the same color. This is a simple way to create a big statement in the garden (and can be fun to plant all your favorite color). Purple, white and blue gardens can emit a calming feeling, whereas red, pink and orange gardens give off a vibrant, energetic energy.

If you have a favorite color, don?t be afraid to plant a monochromatic garden to show it off!

If you?re looking to combine colors in the garden to achieve a specific look or feel, it?s best not to get too hung up on color theories ? instead, rely on your own personal taste and what you think looks good together.

How To Create A Simple, Cohesive Look With Color:

  • Come up with a color scheme using two main colors and one accent. An example could be planting mostly white and purple with pops of yellow.
  • Plant large groupings of each of your main colors (with the pops here and there).
  • Repeat this pattern throughout the garden for a cohesive look.
Heather uses pinks and whites in her garden with pops of yellows to brighten up the pastels.

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