Garden Color Schemes and Trends

Designing a colorful flower garden is fun for any homeowner, since it allows you to create your own unique style and personal oasis for all to enjoy and see. Consider these ideas and trends as you design your garden, as a successful landscape combines balanced structure with harmonious color.

  • Striking Focal Points: Focal points attract the eyes of the viewer, and create a sense of fluidity and harmony in the landscape. Structural pieces, such as an arching fountain, a sparkling bird bath, a darling koi pond or a shaded sitting area are wonderful options. But living focal points - a fruit tree with fiery tangerines, a stately evergreen or even an ornamental Sargent cherry tree - are equally great options.
  • Living Canvases: Your tallest plants should be orchestrated near the back of your garden. Evergreen boxwood and leafy ground-covering plants, like hostas or juniper, serve as the perfect backdrop for colorful blossoms and lively foliage. Similarly, emerald ivy crawling up a trellis or a white picket fence can add additional dynamic without distracting from colorful blooms or your central focal point.
  • Garden Color and Décor: When 'painting' your garden, try to implement color in a subtle manner. Color waves, as opposed to confetti-inspired designs, showcase individual flower species and tend to be gentler on the eye. Choose garden color schemes that delight you ' from soothing and calm to exciting and dramatic.
  • Soothing Escape - Cool Palette: Try blending cool blue hydrangea with lavender crocuses, soft white carnations and pink dahlias to create a soothing environment. Landscape with scattered clusters of buttery marigolds or sunny yellow daylilies can help bring out pale pinks and brighten whites, while providing a hint of variation. Use a pale-pink flowered cherry tree or a jasmine-swathed archway as your focal point.
  • Dramatic Display - Hot Palette: Hot-tinted flowers, like ginger tiger lilies, scarlet zinnias and cheery dahlias incite drama and build excitement around a bountiful fruit tree or crisp ornamental. When planting, arrange the various species in odd-numbered groups. Work with various leaf and petal textures, and arrange them so that their colors don't compete with one another.
  • Water Garden - Organic Design: A shallow pond makes the perfect focal point for a fluid and organic garden. Surround the area with soft cerulean hydrangeas, jasmine and violets for a harmonic landscape.

When designing a garden, it's important to appreciate that your landscape is constantly evolving. It's a living ecosystem that needs your love and care not only to survive, but to thrive.


The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®, May/June 2014