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Garden Color 101

A color wheel is a chart in which complementary colors are arranged on opposite sides of a circle.

A color wheel is a chart in which complementary colors are arranged on opposite sides of a circle.

Designing gardens with intelligent use of color
Choosing color in every aspect of your life is a very personal decision based on what colors evoke certain emotions in you. It it the same in your garden and landscape as well. Consider your favorite colors and how they fit into your desired garden color scheme. Consider your home’s style as some colors represent more ‘classic’ styles while other colors create a more contemporary style. Even shrubbery and trees add color to your garden with varying shades of green.


The color wheel can be used to select color combinations that work harmoniously together. The resulting combinations are naturally pleasing to the eye. The color wheel is an easy to use tool to use for selecting color combinations in the garden.

 

 

Analogous Colors: Anemone

Analogous Colors

Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as yellow, yellow-orange, and orange. They will blend together well but add a bit more contrast than a monochromatic color scheme.

Complementary Colors: Gladiolus

Complementary Colors
Complementary colors are directly opposite on the wheel. For example, red and green are complementary. These colors create maximum contrast, which enhances and intensifies each color.

Monochromatic Colors: Hyacinth
Monochromatic Colors
Monochromatic Colors are hues of the same color. Using monochromatic colors create a very peaceful appearance.