How to Add Color to Your Garden How to Add Color to Your Garden

Color is more than things looking pretty, pretty. Color is partly responsible for reinforcing your theme, creating a style, and creating flow within a garden. Not to mention colors have magical powers. That's right. For example, strategic use of colors can make a small space look big and a big space look small, just like with clothing!

Anyone in marketing will tell you, colors and their powers should be worshipped. Clients pay millions of dollars to ad agencies that are in tune with what color combinations trigger certain behaviors in customers. Yes, it sounds illegal and unconstitutional, but on a daily basis, consumers are basically hypnotized into purchase decisions. So, why not hypnotize yourself to be in a certain mood when you're in your garden, by making the right color choices? (Or use colors that send subliminal messages to home buyers that say, "buy my house, buy my house.")

Our favorite colors often drive our choices when it comes to gardening. Colors can make us happy, conjure up fond memories, relax us even make us hungry! But for every pleasant mood it can put us in, the wrong color in an out of proportioned or unbalanced garden can actually put you in a lousy mood!

Here is a quick look at colors and what they mean to your garden (and those who look at it). If you live on a main road, your color choices can affect hundreds of people each day - don't take that responsibility lightly, you can actually make the world a nicer place. Let's do something fun. Look at each color, and before reading the description, think of three things the color makes you feel. Then read the description and see how it matches up.

Green is a color you will see a great deal of in the garden: green grass, leaves, trees, (hopefully no green mold) and maybe a few green bugs. Green and brown are your nature colors, love them or hate them they're in your garden. As natural colors, they are calming, peaceful, and serve as the perfect backdrop colors to the rest of your garden. (Would a rose bush be quite as beautiful without all the green and brown to frame and highlight the colored rose buds? I think not.)

One of the most favored colors in the garden is pink - the color of love, fondness, and playfulness. Pink is a delicate color that is red's silly younger sister. Pink is not all fun and games, however, and becomes quite serious and sophisticated when used next to plants with a silver tone.

If the color blue could talk, it would tell you to chill out, relax, have a seat, take a load off, don't worry, everything is going to be okay, breathe in, breathe out, feel good. In short, it would comfort you until you calmed down, like a true blue friend. Blue speckled throughout a garden will ground other colors and add a peaceful breeze. Too much blue, however, creates a depressing and cold mood.

When used sparingly and smartly in a garden orange can add interest and surprise. A beautiful combination is blue moonflower and orange marigolds, not only because of the colors, but also because of the contrast. Moonflowers have large green leaves and small clusters of flowers with an overall "ball" shape. Marigolds on the other hand have small leaves, with larger flower petals that create a large "ball" shape. Orange is a garden is going to stimulate thought and creativity, which is why you don't want it all over the place - it is meant to inspire.

Purple is the color of higher intelligence and wisdom and is the color of royalty. But like intelligence and wisdom, too much of it can be annoying, and so you want to limit purple in your garden, or use it with spunkier or more delicate colors like white, orange, or yellow.

Yellow is a shiny, happy color. It symbolizes bright, fresh, joyful happiness. Too much can be blinding, but if used in bunches, it can add bursts of accent to your garden.

White in a garden gives off a feeling of innocence, tranquility and cleanliness. When you want to create a dramatic contrast, white is paired with darker colors. On the other hand, for a more tranquil transition, use whites with pale pinks and yellows. Groups of white add contrast too, such as a line of white petunias. Be careful when using white in small places, as it can actually make it appear smaller.

Black is a dramatic color to add to a garden, be it with flowers, leaves or decorations. Black can add depth to a garden by using it behind lighter colors. This is an elegant color that should be used sparingly and for effect.

Gray is a great color to add to your garden in the form of decorations. It is the perfect color to make pink, lavender, or white stand out more.

Red is a tense color, so to use it in an unbalanced or out of proportion garden area is a disaster. When used correctly, red adds strong emotions to a garden. It is smart to use red sparingly, but in groups.

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