It’s bold, it’s beautiful, and it could come to visit your garden. Colorblocking is the art of taking complementary colors and placing them together. You can colorblock your home, your clothes, your party food, and yes, you can colorblock your garden.
Why Colorblock Your Garden?
Why would you colorblock? If you’re trying to add visual interest to your front yard or add a particularly beautiful area to a back patio, you could add striking colors. If you have a boring concrete deck or patio space and you want to add some visual engagement, color blocking can help. When you add striking colors to your garden, you add to all of the other features that make your garden beautiful, functional, and ecologically sound.
Color Blocking is a Simple Design Technique
When you want to add diversity and color to your landscape and you’d like it to look as if a landscape designer works for you, try colorblocking. To colorblock, you want to think about color and shape. You might choose to place a line of short blue-purple flowers like grape hyacinth in the front, followed by delphiniums and a lilac bush in the background. These colors could be in a row down a walkway, or you could create an entire garden bed. Consider planting in wavy lines, in spirals, or in lobed shapes to add visual interest.
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Color Blocking Combinations
One of the most attractive things about colorblocking is your ability to create striking combinations of colors. You might choose to colorblock along a gradient, moving from blue to blue-purple to purple flowers. You might also choose to contrast your colors. For instance, you might choose red flowers and green foliage, or blue flowers such as hydrangea or delphinium that contrast with daylilies or calendula. When you’re looking for colors that work well together, use the color wheel. Colors that are opposite each other will complement each other. Colors that form a triangle on the wheel will complement each other as well.
Whatever you choose, make sure that your colorblocking scheme will work out over time. Some flowers bloom in spring, while others bloom in the fall. Some bloom throughout the spring and summer. When you’re creating a colorblock or a combination of colors, make sure that all of your flowers will be out at the same time, or your brilliant colors will be lost in a sea of green foliage.
Need ideas? Here’s a book for you: Perennial Combinations: Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic Right from the Start (Rodale Garden Book)
Where to Put Your Colors
If you’re thinking of colorblocking your garden, where should you begin? When you’re trying to create a stunning visual, add your colors to the front yard to create a meadow of a single gorgeous color. You can also add colorblocks to special areas of the garden, like a seat beside a pond or an area next to a garden bench or a deck. Colorblocks are enjoyable, so be sure to create them where you’ll be able to love them in the long term.
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When you’re developing a colorblocked garden, make sure that you maintain diversity as well. Plant diversity in your garden helps maintain the populations of animals who rely on your garden flowers for nectar and pollen. It’s also a smart way to ensure that your garden stays safe from disease. While a field of poppies or daylilies is beautiful and striking, a turn in the weather or a disease or pest that poses a challenge to these plants can damage your entire block of a similar plant. By colorblocking some areas and ensuring that each colorblock is different, you maintain a diverse garden that is more resistant to drought, floods, pests, and disease.
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