Posts Tagged ‘colour’

Garden Colour: Matchy Matchy Makes Curb Appeal

yellow magnolia

A “doubled colour” effect when the house colour matches garden material, like this yellow magnolia.

Does the garden shrub match the drapes, er, shutters? Or even a door? Let’s hope yes! Garden elements, like colours of flowers, shrubs or trees doubly compliment your front yard curb appeal when you provide a matching paint colour. It’s a effect that guarantees a pleasing colour harmony on your front step.

There are many effective examples of harmonious paint and plant pairings. Consider orange daylilies, or a Japanese Maple with orange bark against an orange door. While these opportune colour pairings may only last part of the season, they are worth keeping in mind when selecting either house paint or plants. This yellow magnolia comes into bloom with a sunny cheerfulness in early spring and warms the whole corner. The yellow flowers wouldn’t have the same satisfying effect against red brick.

 



Late Spring Blues & Purples

salvia and alliums

Salvia and alliums go together perfectly.

Early to mid-June is awash in perennials with cool colours, the blues of irises, and purples of alliums and ornamental sages (Salvia). These are all super easy care perennials, and good choices for the beginning gardener with a sunny spot. Irises and sage can be planted any time, but allium grow from bulbs planted in the fall. (Make a note to buy some this fall. They are underused and really should be in every garden.) They make a dramatic statement in the garden after the tulips and pansies fade.

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Easy Garden Design in Colour: Big Blue Pots

blue ceramic pot in the garden

The contrast of blue amongst green is an analogous contrast, making it pleasing and easy on the eyes.

One of the quickest ways I know to make a design statement in a garden, without having to try very hard, is to find the biggest, honkin’ blue ceramic pot you can find, and set it somewhere in your garden. Important: Don’t put it right in the middle, but rather place it off-centre; to the left or right, and toward the front or back of your garden space.
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