Thoughts and musings
Josh | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Other than texture and form, colour is one of the most important aspects of a garden. This factor is probably on top of the list of every gardener or landscape artist. Tackling colours seemingly appear simple, but it requires a great deal of planning and not to mention, an artistic acuity.
Once you’ve planned the colour scheme of your garden, you’ll surely have a visual treat that will make your patch of green worthy of being called a “garden.” As one of the trusted gardening and landscaping companies here in Kent, we would like to share with you some of the know-hows of colour planning.
Back to Basics: Using Elementary Art Knowledge
Your art knowledge back in school will surely help you fix the colour palette of your garden. Get to know your colour wheel again. The colour wheel shows you the relationship between colours and will help you decide which combinations are right for your design plan. You can choose from three schemes. Monochromatic scheme is about using one colour with different intensities. For instance you may use roses, carnations, and flowers with the similar colour on one plot.
Analogous colours refer to shades that lie next on the wheel. Examples of it are blue-aubergine and yellow-orange combinations. Complementary colours, on the other hand, refer to hues that lie opposite each other on the wheel. Examples are red-green and blue-orange combinations.
Nailing the Design Process
First, keep in mind that your canvas is green. Your patch is a cool colour, so you might want to choose flowers that will produce a warm effect. Keep repetition in mind; do away with just putting all the colours in one plot or side, as it’s going to be distracting. Don’t forget to add red flowers, as they add more layers of flavour and texture. Always combine your yellow flowers with hotter ones like orange or with white, a natural shade neutraliser. Use yellows sparingly.
Factoring in Other Factors
Don’t forget to include lighting. It pays that you keep non-plant materials in mind, like the rocks, the pots, the wall and other accessories. Consider how they will blend with the entire surrounding.
Colour is one factor that will be forever present in every garden, so you might want to take this very seriously. If you find this aspect particularly troubling, you can always count on us. Just check our pages to see which services you need.