A lot of gardeners marvel at the notion of a horticultural colour scheme – a lot of them have never thought of it before or have never considered it to be an option for their garden. Nevertheless, it is a viable option and a very effective one too. It also happens to be very easy to achieve. It can be tricky to know which plants complement each other at first, but if you look at a basic colour wheel – you can find out which colours will look good together and which will clash and look unattractive.
Blue flowers are very popular with gardeners because they add a touch of cool to a landscape, says gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh. If all of the flowers in your garden grow in vibrant, eye-watering shades of yellow and orange, you run the risk of allowing your garden to become messy and unstructured. That’s fine if you’re going for a wild, uncultured effect but if you’re not – you need to find the right balance between bright and soothing. The colour blue actually makes objects appear further away, so blue flowers are ideal for people with small gardens. Plant a patch of flax, blue fescue or cranesbill at the bottom of your yard and it will look much bigger as soon as the flowers start to bloom. Blue flowers look great teamed with yellow ones as they are at opposite ends of the colour wheel.
Red flowers are extremely eye-catching and should be used sparingly within a colour scheme, advises FineGardening.com journalist Andrew Grossman. If not, they might take over the rest of your ‘design’ and then you’re left with what you started with – an uninspiring garden filled with just one colour. The colour red is adjacent to the colour orange on the colour wheel, meaning that the two shades always look great together. Interestingly, the colour red can also make objects seem closer than they really are. Use plants like roses, dahlias and escallonia, to create an exciting flower patch.
Yellow coloured flowers are very common and tend to be a feature of most British gardens. This is because plants with yellow flowers are generally very easy to look after and they’re very pretty as well. Yellow is a warm, inviting colour and it always looks appealing, say the experts at OurGardenPlan.com. Why not experiment a little and try teaming a yellow plant like Voss’s Laburnum or cowslip with your favourite red or blue flowering plant?
Green flowers tend to be fairly unusual in Britain – they do exist, they’re just quite hard to find. If you do find a plant with green flowers, use it is to make a bold statement. Green is adjacent to purple on the colour wheel and these two shades look great when planted close together. Why not try combining fern or red hot poker with a plant that blooms with cool, calming purple flowers? Also consider the how the colours of your garden planters could blend in and compliments your botanical display. This will create an interesting but calming effect and make your garden a nice place in which to sit and meditate on life’s big issues.
Whether or not your garden should have a colour schemes is entirely up to you. Lots of people like to just let their gardens grow naturally with little interference, but some people prefer to cultivate a little order and design. Colour coding your garden plants may seem like a chore at first, but it’s actually very easy to achieve and it’s something that rewards the careful, considerate gardener. Colour schemes are a simple, cost effective way to make your garden look truly magnificent.
Author Bio: Lisa jane is an experienced gardener and fruit grower. She can usually be found picking raspberries in her garden or sharing tips and advice with fellow horticulturalists. She recommends Flora Select for top qualitygarden planters, equipment, products and advice.