Garden with stone landscapingDo you dream of having a colorful landscape that is considered the envy of the neighborhood? Adding color to the home garden involves a lot more than just choosing a selection of colorful garden plants. A bit of research and planning will help you create a glorious garden.

Begin with a sketchpad and a box of color crayons. Draw the house location and trees, sidewalks, patios and pools and note tree and shrub placement. Visit home and garden shows, nurseries and home and garden stores for inspiration and ideas galore. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating your colorful garden. Gardening should be a challenge and a joy, not a tiresome task. You are only limited by your imagination and the amount of creative energy you give to the project. Let your garden express your personality while adding value to the property with visual curb appeal.

Selecting Colorful Garden Plants
Before you can determine the best plants for your garden, you must know what you are looking for. Do you desire a splash of brilliant color for a shaded nook in the garden or do you wish to make a statement with a mass planting of vivid color in a spot that receives full sun all day? Do you plan on featuring one color only? As an example, there are several different white flowers that do well in full sun, partial shade or deep shade.

Color Impacts The Landscape
What is your favorite color? What color of flowers best compliments the color scheme of your home? Do you want spring, summer or fall color or all of the above? These are all important questions for you to determine the answers to before you set off to the plant nursery to purchase plants for your home garden.

Color impacts the appearance and mood of the home landscape. Warm color combinations such as red, orange, and yellow make an oversized garden plot seem smaller or a distant flowerbed closer. If you seek a calm, cool look, opt for shades of white, blue, pink, lavender and violet. Cool colors expand the view, making smaller flowerbeds appear larger and add a feeling of serenity and quiet to the garden.

Colors found opposite each other on the color chart such as red and green or yellow and purple are considered complimentary combinations, pleasing to the eye. Colors found next to each other on the color chart such as red and yellow or blue and purple are considered harmonious, warm and inviting. Play with a basic color wheel to experiment with different color combinations until you find one that feels right and pleases you.

Many gardeners prefer the simplicity and visual impact of a monochromatic garden. For instance, if sunshine yellow is your favorite color go wild with lilies, marigolds, mums, and more. If you prefer a subtle blue-toned shade garden, try a combination of shrubs like blue spruce, complimented by blue hydrangeas. A pathway lined with lush vibrant red geraniums leading to a bold red entry door makes a memorable statement.

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