School is back in session and summer is quickly coming to an end. Now that it’s starting to get cooler, and the rains are dying down, it’s a great time to add some color into your landscape! There are so many colorful options to consider that it can sometimes be overwhelming, but it sure is a lot of fun experimenting with plants to find out what the best combinations are. Even at our garden center we’re installing a new butterfly garden – we like to have fun too!
Color can be a difficult element to incorporate into a landscape because there is such a wide variety of color that is available in plants today. Consider the following tips when while choosing what pop of color you’re looking to add into your yard:
- Take into consideration the color of your home, and decide if you want to extend that color into your yard, or contrast it with the color of your house.
- If you are one to throw frequent barbecues or host family gatherings, you may want to incorporate bright and lively colors into your landscape – this addition will add an energy that is sure to liven up any party!
- In our area of Jacksonville, FL it’s important to consider growing conditions and choosing indigenous plants. Depending on the availability of the plants, and their ability to thrive in your yard, color choices may be limited; but that doesn’t mean you don’t still have great options.
Once you’ve decided what colors you want to use in your landscape, it’s time to select a color scheme! You have a few options here, including:
- Monochromatic color scheme: This is a color scheme that involves only one color, such a white garden. Sometimes the challenge here can be avoiding going overboard with the same color.
- Analogous color scheme: This color scheme pairs colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, red and orange, orange and yellow, yellow and green, and green and blue are all analogous pairings. This color scheme tends to blend together at a distance, but is visually pleasant.
- Complementary color scheme: Opposite of an analogous color scheme, this is when you pair complimentary colors with their opposite color on the color wheel. Because the colors are so different from each other, they both make the other stand!
If you need help deciding which colors and/or color scheme to add to your landscape, the team here at Trad’s Garden Center is happy to be of service! Please feel free to contact us so that we can help you make your home and landscape a sight that no one will want to take their eyes off of.