Guide for Picking Colors and Color-Combining in the Garden
Let’s turn to basic color theory to select the perfect coordinating plants to grow with your Beacon Impatiens for an eye-catching garden space. Your color selections can be harmonious, complementary or monochromatic. Combining colors can include bright or pastel and warm or cool. And, don’t forget to include foliage color to complete the display.
Harmonious colors are next to each other on the color wheel and have a soothing effect. These softer color combinations include blue and violet, orange and red, and orange and yellow.
Complementary colors are opposite from each other on the color wheel. These are high in contrast and add drama and excitement to your garden. Examples are combinations of yellow and violet, orange and blue, or green and red.
Monochromatic color schemes are made up of plants of the same color. This can be an all-white garden or a sea of vibrant red blooms. You can add extra interest using a mix of tones or shades of the same color in addition to various textures, shapes and sizes.
Foliage color should also be considered. Foliage with green and white or green and yellow variegated leaves provides interest beneath the blooms. There are also plants with chartreuse, lime green, bronze or reddish/purple leaves that add a bold element to your garden.
Pastels and muted colors set a peaceful mood. Soft pink, lavender, lilac and peach blooms look best when viewed from a short distance and in shaded areas.
Bright or primary colors include red, orange, magenta and bright yellow. These colors bring energy to the garden. The colors show well in the bright sunshine.
Warm colors include red, orange and yellow. They tend to make flowers appear closer together in a cozy garden space.
Cool colors such as blue, violet, silver and white have a calming effect and make the garden appear larger.