Color Your Garden Beautiful!

Planning your garden now is fun, rewarding, and useful when spring arrives

By FamilyTime


When you choose a palate for your garden, think about color, texture and the height of the plants. Here are some helpful hints and easy tips to help you through the thick and thin of planning!

Pick Your Favorite Colors
How lovely it would be to be surrounded by your favorite colors from dawn until dusk. When you design your garden, choose your favorite color above all others.

If you have children, borrow their crayons and sketch your garden. Mix and match the hues and add accent colors to make the garden pop! Make several designs and then choose the one you like best.

Color Schemes
Deep purple and red signal a regal garden. Yellows, blues, pinks, and white hark to a whimsical country garden. A terribly modern garden might consist of very bright, deep oranges, reds, yellows and purples.

When thinking about accent colors, remember that yellow perks up violets and purples, while red makes blue-greens, blues, and yellowish greens sparkle. Bright blue enhances shades of pale orange and yellow.

Monochromatic Gardens.
It is impressive to stroll through a garden of one color. This is not dull, as you might think, since no two plants ever sport the exact same color. This makes it possible to take glorious advantage of the varying intensities of a single color.

These gardens may be considered formal, particularly if they are white, but they can also be informal and sprightly.

Good to be Green!
Shade gardens lend themselves nicely to a vast array of green plants. These may flower or not, but the multitude of shades of green are refreshing and lovely. Think beyond hostas and pachysandra. Experiment and have fun. Most importantly, don't be discouraged if your garden is shady.

Waves of Color from Spring to Fall
To have a garden in bloom during the entire growing season requires planning. Depending on where you live and the variety your select, these perennial flowers may bloom a little earlier or later than we indicate.

Bulbs, planted in the fall, bloom in the spring. Various kinds of daffodils and tulips flower at different times throughout the spring.

Later in the spring are irises, bleeding hearts, peonies, alliums, and poppies. These come in an array of colors.

By late June and into July, your garden will be ablaze with lilies, summer roses, and hostas shooting off sprays of delicate flowers. Not unlike seasonal fireworks!

Come August, look for phlox, echinacea (which looks like a colored daisy), clematis and hydrangea to burst into color.

Asters and chrysanthemums bring welcome color to the garden during September and October, sporting yellows and burnt oranges that speak of fall.

Annuals, which must be planted every year, are helpful to gardeners concerned about color and fullness. In the spring, pansies liven up window boxes and flowerpots. Later in the summer, colorful impatients and petunias flush out the color scheme in garden beds.