Summer garden color
When walking in the neighborhood, you will surely notice that some of the gardens immediately catch the eye with their rich colors. A number of them attract your attention with bold colors, others benefit from large-leaved tropical plants.
Today we want to present you some great ideas for a colorful summer garden.
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Think about which of these tips you could take with you. Here are some design ideas for your summer plants.
- Cool with cold paints. Blue and purple have two big advantages for a garden – they make the location look cooler and the hot colors like red and orange come out even more. This note is especially useful in the hotter months, but can also be used in the fall.
One way to make your garden look bigger is to place the cold shades in the back of the beds, for example, there to plant hedgehog heads (Echinacea spp) and sage (Salvia leucantha). Or to decorate the fences with vine, such as purple passion flowers (Passiflora ‘Incense’) or clematis (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’).
Add orange and red flowers
2. Add orange and red flowers. The warm shades are said to be beautifully intense in the shining sunshine, so pastel shades fall away. Take the richest reds and the most outrageous oranges.
This red parrot bird (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) steals the show in the hot desert garden in the picture, but gardeners in cooler zones can achieve the same effect with nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), marshes (Crocosmia crocosmiiflora) or fakellia (Kniphofia uvaria).
For the most dramatic contrast, plant hot red flowers in cooler colors, such as the blue of the fine needles of blue spruce (Picea pungens) or deep purple of cherry plums (Prunus cerasifera) or Loropetalum chinensis.
Make strong contrast to painted backgrounds
3. Make strong contrast to painted backgrounds. A brightly painted background remains interesting throughout the year and lets out the associated plants. You can use fences, wickerwork, garden walls, or even the façade of the house, but your neighbors may prefer to keep the poppy colors for the backyard.
Another advantage of the painted backgrounds is that they limit the attention within your yard, where your eyes can calm down. This is especially useful for smaller rooms where the collection of colorful flowers may seem a bit chaotic.
Try to imagine what the chosen color would look like in the four seasons. Consult with an expert which paint suits your needs.
Bring new life with colorful furniture
4. Bring new life with colorful furniture. If painting a whole wall or fence is too extreme for your taste, you will achieve a similar effect with colorful veranda furniture or with renovation of the old pieces.
The table with the chairs in the picture is not cheeky orange, as the designer has finely combined it with the red-orange canna (Canna’Australia ‘) and other orange flowers in a lake of green leaves. The pot of glazed ceramic in the complementary cobalt blue adds splashes of color and balances the composition with class.
Use the colors as accessories
5. Use the colors as accessories. Another way to refresh your garden is to buy a new set of pillows or cushions. This fashionable masterpiece by David Bromstad has vivacious aquamarine shades that adorn a small space even without a single flower.
So attract the attention of the guests even where the parties take place. Of course you can also integrate plants. In this garden bright green accents or yellowish-green leaves would stand interesting and bright orange flowers would bring excitement, in line with the seating.
6. Add bushes. Why not choose a shrub that brings dramatic flowers to the table? Even if they take up more space, the bushes are a great option for smaller gardens or entertainment spaces, as they bring the garden up to the eye level. You can find autumn bushes for the action price.
For large flowers and tropical type try with hibiscus and its relatives. The mallows are tall but have absolutely huge flowers.
Princess shrub (Tibouchina urvilleana) in the picture has cold purple flowers and is thus suitable for the rear edge of the garden. But it is so pretty that you can easily grow two pieces.
Combine warm and cold shades
7. Combine warm and cold shades. Pairing two colors standing against each other in the color wheel makes them pulsate and dance with the lightest wind. The lavender tops of the Russian sage and the cheerful yellow-eyed Susans in the picture move the eye back and forth and seem to glimmer from a distance.
With this trick you can place next to each other blue and orange, red and green, which also fits easily, since most leaves are green. For red flowers to really stand out, use lighter green tones, such as lime and chartreuse. The golden Japanese miniature snail (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) and the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’) are the ideal contrasting figures for red flowers.
8. Design temporary focus. Instead of a whole flowerbed, plant a container garden that brings the summer colors where needed most – the porch or the entrance. Because container combinations are typically seasonal actions, they are grown with the desired crops and discarded after the end of the season.
The rich, warm shades in a container like the one in the picture stay the whole season long – with the first frosty nights you can take the container indoors. The frost-sensitive tropical plants can also be exchanged with hardy ones, such as the creeping Günsel (Ajuga reptans) or Purple Glory (Heuchera sanguinea), to continue the show in winter.
Plan the fall in advance
9. Plan the fall in advance. A bold planting of red-flowering and purple-leaved flower-tube is certainly attractive in the summer, but one must not forget that some of the tropical colors begin to bloom with the cooling of the weather. As the container garden, mentioned recently, the mixture with some autumn plants makes your garden interesting in the colder days.
Consider plants that bloom in the off-season, such as deciduous shrubs or grasses such as the red lamprey grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) in the picture. Even after the first frost, the plant retains its shape and remains so beautiful until spring.
Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting, Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture, Banyon Tree Design Studio, R Design Landscape Architecture Inc. P.C., Pot Incorporated, Katharine Webster MLA, INC.