Choosing Colors

Points to remember:

  • Plant in large blocks of color.
  • Keep it simple. You’ll achieve greater impact.
  • Avoid mixing too many colors. It will look choppy or confusing and you will lose the impact.

Complementary colors are two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. When used together they appear brighter or more vivid. Choose one color to dominate and the other to accent. This gives sharp contrast.

Harmonious colors are next to each other on the color wheel. Two or more adjacent colors work well together. Use one dominant color and the others to enrich the scheme.

Split Complementary color schemes are a variation on the complementary color scheme. It uses a color and the two colors adjacent to its complementary. This combination provides high contrast with less tension than the complementary color scheme.

Triad colors are three colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel. This color scheme offers strong visual contrast and looks more balanced and harmonious.

If you have questions about bed design, color selection, or which plants are best for your location, just ask. We’re here to help.