How to Choose Colours for Your Garden


The way you arrange colours will determine the look, feel and mood of your garden.  One great way to ensure a proper balance is to use a colour wheel when deciding on the types of plants you’re going to grow.  To show how to choose colours for your garden using a colour wheel, we’ve put together this list of tips.


What Is A Colour Wheel?

A colour wheel is a tool used to show relationships between the various colours.  The three primary colours, red, yellow and blue are evenly spaced apart with the intermediate points between them signifying mixtures of those colours.  Colours that lie opposite of each other on the colour wheel are known as complementary.  Red and green are complementary as are orange and blue.  Those that lie side by side are known as analogous.  Red and orange are analogous colours, as are orange and yellow.  Utilizing these different relationships between colours on the colour wheel allows you to create a colour scheme with maximum impact and minimal clashing.


Planting Complementary Colours

By planting plants that exhibit complementary colours together you can create a striking contrast that is still visually pleasing.  This has a lot to do with the way the human eye experiences the colours playing off of each other.  They pacify and balance because they’re stimulating different parts of the eye.  As the saying goes, opposites attract – and complementary colours are a physical manifestation of that.


Planting Analogous Colours

By planting plants according to their analogous colours, you create a sense of flow that’s soothing to the eyes.  If you want to use your garden to create a calm, peaceful environment, the use of analogously coloured plants is an easy way to provide the foundation for that.  Analogous colours are commonly found in nature and therefore work very well in a garden type setting.


Planting Monochromatic Colours

Monochrome means a single colour.  Although it may sound simple or boring, it can provide incredible visual impact when used in a garden.  By choosing plants with similar colours, texture plays a more important role.  Using subtle tone differences of the same colour is also an effective way to create drama.


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