Color in the Garden


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“Fall colors, which you’ll see in everything from fashion to furniture to the garden, include bright greens, deep fuchsias, fiery oranges and reds, ochre yellows and violets,” says Roy Joulus, CEO of Greenbo, a company that manufactures and designs home and garden products. Roy offers the following tips for brightening your garden with these colors. 

 Use containers that offer a vivid pop of color. Colorful containers, such as the Greenbo XL railing flowerboxes pictured, add a carefree, cheerful element to any garden — whether it’s a full yard, patio, balcony or cluster of plants indoors by a south-facing window. Plastic containers require less watering than terra-cotta or unglazed ceramic pots, but be sure to get a high-grade plastic, as low-grade plastic will fade and crack quickly when exposed to the elements. Mix up the colors, just as you would wildflowers in a garden, or use all one color for more impact.

 Coordinate plant color and pot color. Play with different combinations to see what you like. One extreme is the monochromatic approach — where containers and plants are all the same color, although shades may vary. On the other end, a cottage garden with a jumble of colors works beautifully. You might try pairing containers and plants from opposite sides of the color wheel, such as red and green, violet and yellow or blue and orange. Or use colors that reside side by side on the color wheel, such as salmon and violet or fuchsia and bright red.

 Create a pattern of repeating colors and textures. Containers and plants of different colors can create an eye-catching display when arranged so that each color repeats at a regular interval. This technique is sometimes used with border plants or plants in linear beds. The addition of colorful containers heightens the effect and adds to the options for placement. Create a repeating pattern on a railing, along a patio or even using hanging containers.


Roy Joulus, CEO

Categories: Gardening