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Why I Garden: To Add Color

Color affects people emotionally and physically, so it is an important aspect to designing beautiful landscaping that everyone will enjoy. If it is used correctly, it creates drama and interest by drawing the eye towards the most attractive areas and further away from the less perfect spots. It also changes the mood that a person feels as they spend time in the garden. And as all gardeners know, the fastest way to add color is with the proper placement of flowers and foliage. The following are several tricks to use when considering how to use color the most effectively in the garden.

Don't Forget the Seasons

Gardens look the best when they are tailored to the seasons. In the spring, there should be softer pastels. Brighter colors are best saved for the summer. And fall plants should have an array of burgundy, dark orange, and yellow included in them. Since little grows in the wintertime, the landscape will have to be based on the trees and bushes that survive though. It helps to also think of each plant's life cycle because some of them naturally change colors for each season.

Group Coordinating Colors

Too many colors that are grouped together is overwhelming to look at. More dramatic displays are made up of just one or two color choices, such as blue and white hydrangeas alternated in several rows. A garden can still have other colors though, but they should coordinate with any main displays that a person has added. It is also important to mention that a color theme can be carried throughout the garden or just used in one section.

Consider the Backdrop

Whatever is placed next to a plant acts as a backdrop for either intensifying or muting its color. So the colors of the plants have to be chosen to match exterior objects as well. The color of the house, fencing, grass, rocks, and other plants can all act as backdrops. For example, if a person wants landscaping next to their white-picket fence, they should be aware that it will make everything look much brighter. They wouldn't want to add more white next to it because that would make the plants barely noticeable. Pink roses or purple asters might be a better choice.

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