thing about flowers is that you really cant go wrong with
them. Even if a perennial bed doesnt turn out exactly
like what you envisioned, chances are its going to be
attractive. After all, have you ever encountered an ugly flower?
And, unlike the wallpaper or paint color that looked great in
the store but now grates on your nerves, perennial plants can
be moved and rearranged (and even given away) to suit your tastes.
Its easier, and more fun, than re-wallpapering!
can find nearly every color of the spectrum in flowering perennials.
Most people are drawn to certain colors, so if there is a
color scheme youve admired--whether it is in a favorite
sweater, upholstery, or garden--keep this in mind when choosing
plants. Lets take a look at some popular perennial plants,
and see how different color combinations can set different
pink, powder blue, lavender, and peach--these gentle colors set
a mood of tranquility. They are the familiar colors of cottage
gardens--informal gardens that contain a variety of old-fashioned
flowers. Pastel colors look best when viewed from relatively close
up, and they can looked washed out in the harsh mid-day sun.
Racy reds, vibrant
oranges, magenta, and sunny yellow--these colors invigorate and
energize a garden. Bright colors hold up well to brilliant sunshine,
and attract the eye even from a distance.
Colors that are
opposite on the color wheel are described as complementary. High
in contrast, complementary colors add creative energy and vitality
to a garden. Yellow and violet are complementary colors; as are
orange and blue, and green and red.
are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel; examples
include blue and violet, orange and red, and orange and yellow.
These color combinations tend to be gentler on the eye than complementary
colors. A harmonious color scheme unifies a garden, while allowing
enough range of color that it doesnt become monotonous.
you are concerned about your ability to choose colors, a harmonious
color scheme might be a good starting point for you. Unlike complementary
colors, which, if overdone, can seem jarring and can give a riotous
feel to a garden, harmonious colors are a pretty safe bet. As
you gain confidence in your design eye, you can always add splashes
of a complementary color here and there to liven things up.
You may have
seen gardens composed of all white flowers, and indeed some of the
worlds most famous gardens use a monochromatic color scheme.
Instead of relying on different colored flowers, the gardener creates
interest by mixing flowers of different sizes and shapes, and choosing
foliage with interesting textures and colors. Perhaps you are partial
to a single color such as yellow. You can create varying moods depending
on whether you choose soft pale yellows, bright sunny yellows, or
deep golden yellows. Or you might use a mix of shades.
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