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Six Valuable Tips for Creating the Colorful Garden of Your Dreams
Are you ready to transform your backyard into a gorgeous landscaping masterpiece that will sizzle the senses and serve as a glorious showpiece for all of nature’s wonders? With a green thumb and just a few helpful hints, you too can have a colorful garden that makes you the envy of the neighborhood. And while it does take a bit of planning to develop a garden that looks as though it’s the result of professional horticulturists, it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of time. With speedy seasonals and well-chosen blooms, you can plant an explosion of color in your garden in only a few short weeks. Best of all, you can even change out your plants and flowers with the changing of the seasons, so you’ll never have to worry about getting bored with the scenery!
Here are our best tips for creating a colorful garden in your yard.
Use Repetition to Create a Theme
Drama is the name of the game when it comes to planting a colorful garden that impresses guests (and, of course, those picky folks over at Pinterest and Instagram). By repeating colors and plants throughout your garden, you’re making use of a sly psychological trick that naturally draws the eye across the entire landscape. It’s not easy to make the natural wildness of nature look as though it were planned – especially without turning the whole project into a canned, uninviting mess of overthinking. But when you simply dot your garden with delightful clumps of repetitive color, you can bring a bit of the planned into what should always be an homage to the free and wild.
Plan to Change With the Seasons
Did we say drama? This is how you keep your colorful garden interesting throughout the entire year. With careful planning (and knowledge of various flowers and their blooming time), you can plant a garden that changes with the seasons. Certain plants will go dormant in the winter, for instance, while others will bloom magnificently at the same time. For instance, you could grow pink bulbs in the spring while having red blossoms ready to go when summer rolls around.
Consider When You’ll Be Available
Your colorful garden is meant, first and foremost, for your own enjoyment. Since that’s the case, why not design your garden to reflect the colors that match your mood? More specifically, think about when you’ll be able to spend time looking at your garden? Do you have time in the morning before work to sit on the back porch and absorb the colors? Then you might want to use bright flowers that will put you in a joyful mood before starting your day. If, on the other hand, you’ll mostly be enjoying your garden in the evening hours, you can select white and silver flowers that sparkle in the setting sun.
Brighten Up The Place
The key to a colorful garden that attracts attention is to make liberal use of “focal points.” These are points that immediately draw the eye of any guest (or just yourself) when they gaze upon what you’ve planted. It’s best to use red, yellow, and other bright flowers as the building blocks of these points because they tend to draw attention the quickest. This is why, of course, that the most alarming traffic signs use these colors (and orange) to alert drivers to an impending hazard. You probably don’t have any hazards worth screaming about in your garden, but you can still use these bright colors to extraordinary effect.
Limit Your Choices
The best art is created when the artist has limitations set upon him. You may have similar limitations for your garden. Perhaps the space isn’t as large as you’d like it. Maybe your climate isn’t suitable for some of the flowers you’d like to plant. Don’t sweat it! This is where your creativity can shine through. On the other hand, if you have virtually no limitations, you may want to think about setting some of your own. Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it tends to create a gloopy mess when applied to an artistic situation – which a well-tended garden absolutely is.
Use Neutral Colors for Your Walls
When you go into an art museum, you’ll notice (or not) that the walls are typically painted in a neutral color that does nothing to detract attention from the artwork. You should follow the same principle when developing your garden. Plain greens, browns, and grays may not do much to excite you in the store…but that’s exactly the point. You want them to blend into the background and serve as a neutral backdrop to your gorgeous flowers. In this way, they act almost as a spotlight that attracts no attention for itself but only illuminates the star on stage.