to Use Color in Your Flower Garden
like most things in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
If purple blooms put a smile on your face, then you should
most definitely use plants with purple blooms. The same is
true for any color you find pleasing.
are different disciplines to pull from when trying to decide
on color choices, but those disciplines speak in generalities;
your own personal experiences mold your tastes into something
unique, something your own, something a text or curriculum
can't possibly pinpoint.
said, one of the disciplines I like to pull from often, especially
when it comes to color choices, is Feng Shui. While I'm
not part of the feng
shui garden orthodoxy, the design and layout lessons I've
taken from Feng Shui are fundamentally grounded in sound design.
They can be used inside and outside the home, no matter if
you have each and every room aligned to maximize it's
chi (energy), or you just want to make a garden space more
Express yourself with garden color: white for clarity, red for energy and power; blue for serenity.
a room' (defined by either an indoor or outdoor
space) with metal energy tends to be very clean and structured.
Some colors that are considered to have metal energy are white,
silver and gold. And in my opinion, some lighter blues, when
considering plant blooms, could be grouped with those colors
as well. Metal energy tends to allow for clear and concise
thinking and the carrying out and completion of tasks.
On a much
smaller scale, when I finish a landscape design and want to
begin the next design, I need some of the cleansing effects
of metal energy. I find that structure
and the absence of color leaves my imagination open to consider
new design possibilities.
same can be true for a garden space. An organized, mass planting
of white Tulip bulbs can provide a space in your yard to give
you clarity of thought or purpose.
Add some yellows and earthy
tones to blend a nurturing feeling into that planting. It'll
give you the same feeling as you get with an early morning
cup of coffee, watching the sun rise to greet a new day; full
of warmth, potential and purpose.
heard of the power tie or the power dress, right? Take that
flame red color to the blooms in your yard and you may be
filled with those same feelings of power and confidence. Are
you more the strong, silent type? Blues and violets can lend
a feeling of inner strength and serenity.
the first decision you should make when planning your color
scheme for your yard is to decide how you want to feel when
you're taking in the beauty of that space. Once you have
a sense for that, I recommend finding a book or two to help
you make your selections. Feng Shui in 10 Simple
Lessons' by Janet Butler-Briggs, is a wonderful beginning
to learning that approach to using color. Color Harmony'
by Bride M. Whelan, shows you hundreds of different color
combinations with real-life examples of their use, to help
you create the perfect space, indoors or out.
Jeff Pozniak - Ground Trades Xchange.