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How color can affect your garden


lower gardens can add color and awe-inspiring appeal to a property. The
National Gardening Association notes that gardeners can find nearly every
color of the spectrum in flowering perennials. So whether you prefer soft
pink, are partial to bright red or want to relax in a garden and gaze at something
deep blue, chances are you’ll find a perennial to tickle your fancy.
The NGA offers the following breakdown of colors to help gardeners learn how
their gardens can set the mood they’re looking for.

Bright colors

A garden full of bright colors like red, orange, magenta, and yellow can provide
a landscape with vigor and energy. The NGA notes that brightly colored flowers
can withstand especially bright sunshine, meaning gardeners can marvel at their
appearance even when the sun might be adversely affecting other plants and flowers.

Pastel colors

Pastels, which include soft pink, powder blue, lavender, and peach, create a
tranquil feeling in a garden. This makes pastel perfect for those who want their
gardens to be a relaxing, peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday
life. The NGA notes that pastels may looked washed out in the midday sun, so
they might be best enjoyed early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Complementary colors

Complementary colors are those that are opposite one another on the color
wheel. Orange and blue are examples of complementary colors. According to the
NGA, complementary colors can add creative energy and vitality to a garden.

Harmonious colors

These colors are those that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as
orange and red. The NGA recommends harmonious colors for gardeners looking
to create a unifying feel in their gardens without resorting to a monochromatic
color scheme. Harmonious colors give off a gentle feeling that can make for a
relaxing garden atmosphere.

Monochromatic colors

Monochromatic gardens can be awe-inspiring even though they stick to a single
color and don’t provide an array of awe-inspiring colors. The NGA notes that
gardeners with monochromatic gardens make them interesting by using plants
of various sizes and shapes.
When planting a garden, gardeners can choose whichever color scheme they
prefer. To learn more about the effects of color on a garden, visit the National
Gardening Association website at


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