Gardening With Color Excites The Senses

May 14, 2011
Written by Rita Cook in
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Colorful gardens excite the senses.

If you want to give your garden a facelift this spring and summer, then add color to the existing green and browns seen all year. Color translates into new and exciting, which in turn will make all who experience your garden smile.

Color means adding flowers that will make your garden shine. Sure, you could have a master gardener come in to help you with the project, but why not do it yourself to create a garden that is uniquely you.

If you have a theme in your garden then the colors that you choose to incorporate will only enhance what you already started.

Adding a new color here and there serves to balance the existing flow, but if you don’t have anything specific planned yet, don’t despair, just decide what you want to do and get to work.

Color is magic and comes alive in creating moods. If you want to make your garden look bigger, some colors have that affect. Likewise, if you want it to look smaller, it’s all in the colors you choose.

Picking your favorite color might be a good way to begin. Think about what colors make people smile, feel sad, relax, and even feel hungry. You can create just the right balance and proportion so that when you work in your garden or just want to relax, you will find just the right mood.

Not sure what certain colors mean? Below are some color guidelines to help you determine whether those pink azaleas or that blue wisteria is right for you.

The green in your garden will be prominent in the grass, leaves, and trees. Green and brown are natural colors so adding other colors will enhance this existing scheme. Green is all about peaceful moments and should remind you to rest while in your garden. Green frames the many other colors that will become prominent in your garden as you start adding your flowers of choice.

As a rule, pink means friendship, playfulness, and good times. It is a delicate color. However, as the pinks run deeper or softer, you will find this color is quite sophisticated when matched with other colors – for example silver.

What about red? Red and pink are fondly alike, but very different at the same time, as red is big and bold – think red roses of love. Red brings with it strong emotions, and should be used sparingly for highlights, or to make your garden more balanced.

Going down the color spectrum think about orange next, it is like the sun, and offers a burst of good energy and happy smiles. One good combination is blue moonflowers coupled with orange marigolds. Green leaves and orange flowers can create a beautiful atmosphere, and orange is said to inspire creativity.

Yellow is a reminder of sunshine. When thinking of a happy color this one will come to mind – perhaps you are reminded of the smiley happy face from childhood. Yellow is a symbol of fresh new things and joy. Don’t add too much, just enough to find the color burst in your garden that makes everything feel light and cheery.

Blue is a color that is relaxing and helpful in creating a sense of peace. Take a deep breath in the midst of blue and don’t worry about anything. If you want a calming garden then blue is your color. However, don’t add too much or you might find yourself getting depressed or “blue.”

If your color choice is purple, remember that it means intelligence and wisdom. Combine this color with oranges and yellows as too much of a good thing can easily be mind numbing before long.

Gray is a nice color to add to any garden as a decoration in combination with pink or purple, or some of the more subtle shades. Wondering what to do if your favorite color is black? Use this strong color behind other colors like red or blue – used sparingly and with thought, it will create a depth to your garden you couldn’t have imagined.

By using white in the garden, you will find not only peace and calm, but a certain sense of innocence as well. White is a “go to color” that offers a nice contrast to darker colors. You can also be subtle with white by pairing it with light yellows and pinks. If you use too much white, it can be a detriment because it bleeds away all the colors you have added, while also making the entire garden seem smaller.

You can arrange color in your garden any way you like, but remember that as you mix and match the colors, some are more suited for combinations. Find the right blend to make your garden sparkle from a simple garden to a masterpiece that will make your neighbors turn green with envy.


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