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My gardens are primarily woodland shade, and I've grown to prefer foliage and the cool pastel colors (pinks, purples, pale yellows, whites) that make up the plant palette that work in those conditions LOL.
I love all flowers and usually don't care what color they are. I try and have contrast as well as complimenting colors in all my stuff, course it dosen't always work out that way. Color I care about when choosing my wardrobe or sending something to a friend.
Depends on the area I'm gardening in. I want to make a moon garden somewhere this year, add a water feature and I'm redoing several beds. I generally lean toward pastel shades, but my daylilies are sometimes raucuous colors and combos! Some areas need bolder colors while others require calmer, more soothing tones.
I discovered one of my new favorite combinations completely by mistake last year! I wanted to have red zinnias with white wave petunias in a side bed in our front yard. However, I ordered the zinnia seeds listed as "scarlet", which apparently are really bright orange. I was so upset - I thought it would look horrible with the white petunias. But, when I bought the petunias, some were not blooming. When they opened they were a hot pink! So, as a result of two mistakes, my orange and hot pink bed was an eye catcher from the road all last year!
I voted "other" as I have several beds and they all have a different theme. The bed I was going to make a yellow/green/orange was going fine until the azaleas bloomed and they are lavender. At least the azaleas bloom earlier than anything else so that is a moot point and I can go back to Plan A. The other front bed is a pink/red/fuschia/white/green bed and so far has remained that way. Next to it is a lot of green and then Lorapetulum (sp?) which stands out and kind of goes w/the pink, etc. and is in front of some green shrubs. All of this is under or very near Loquat trees w/yellow fruit on it but those will be gone soon (fruit, I mean). In the back is a hodge-podge of green w/Brugs and a few Plumerias and some "different" roses - mostly singles and doubles on long canes but not climbers. There's even cactus in there and I'm not about to start messing w/that. Then overgrown oleanders that bloom only once a year and that disgusts me because I am a brilliant-color lover and I find plain green boring.
I love all colors,but I like to have theme areas here and there.Like shady areas with all types of contrasting foliage or maybe one bed with all oranges,reds and yellows and another with purples,pinks and whites.
I put "other" because I like the colors to change with the seasons. I prefer the golds and reds in fall and the more pastel colors in spring. I like purple any time, though. Texture is just as important as color.
I always plan 2 main plots/boxes/gardens/etc. One with a "sunset" scheme (red, orange, yellow, magenta) and one with the cool pinks & blues. Somehow, I always seem to favor the pinks & blues, and there are more of them. I can't overcome my bias, I guess.
Occasionally I'll do a third big show of patriotism: my red white & blue box. It always seems to bloom with a week or two between each plant. Kinda blows the effect. :-( Any suggestions to narrow the "around July 4" window?
Holeth... I think that I just found the name of my color scheme... "sunset". Thanks! I was going to say that I have a large bed where I like to plant things with dark red and/or brownish foliage with things that have red or orange or other 'sunset' colored foliage!
In my shady area I like to mix greenish blue foliage stuff with silver foliage. I don't pay attention to the flower color there :-p I guess that if it were to really clash... I'd care.
I like color vomit. Like somebody just puked flowers and the colors are everywhere mixed together.
I tend to select the pastels over the intense colors, or the muted and drab ones. I like bright and cheery without being disturbing. I use red some, but the flamy orange red is not my favorite. Dark reds with blue undertones work better for me. And if I pick blue, it is usually baby blue, not the darker shades.
Pink, yellow and lavender together are a favorite combo. Plus orange and purple (has to be just right though).
Pink is a color that just mixes with anything, so is buttery yellow.
I don't care for the mustardy or deep yellows AT ALL. For example I think the plain gold coreopsis is YUK.
The gray of Dusty Miller or Lambs Ears pared with deep purple, salmon or pink is a real showy combination. And last year I planted Gailardia next to a big Blue Queen Salvia and WOW, that really lit up a space!
Because flowers are so fleeting, I have a Helmond Pillar Barberry surrounded with Artemisia vulgaris ‘Golden Phoenix’. This pairing provides an entire season of purple and yellow color contrast without the need for flowers.
brclark56, go to the DG homepage, look on the right hand side, there is a question every week beginning on Monday. Below that are a whole bunch of other things in boxes, birthdays of DG members, some botanical history, a list of the newest folks, and other things I can't remember now.
All of the ones on the list, just not necessarily mixed. Different beds get different color combinations. Rooms in my house have different color schemes. I like them all but would not put all the colors on one wall.
I like the colors all mixed up. I'm finding that I have way too much of the blue/purple thing going on, so I'm working on trying to break that pattern up a bit by mixing in some other colors.
I also *try* to plan my flower beds so that there is always something going on (blooming) throughout the growing season, while also attempting to plant companions that will hide the dying foliage of what's already done blooming (bulbs). I've not quite mastered that scenario though.
In my mind, perfect flowerbeds would be full of spring flowering bulbs that bloomed profusely (sans snow) while the early season perennials were reaching blooming season, and the summer blooming perennials would reach blooming season as the early blooming perennials were finishing, and the fall blooming perennials would reach blooming season as the summer blooming ones were finishing...and they all were happy with the same growing conditions, in the same bed, for the entire season...
My favorite combination wasn't listed, but I like a pop of orange next to blue (or yellows next to purple). Aside from that conscious choice, I kind of just like to put things together naturally and let the colors play with each other. :)
The only color I don't like to use in the garden is white. I had some whites one time and from my windows, it made me feel as though I needed to go pick up the paper in my yard. LOL, It drove me crazy from the kitchen window.
I'm currently working on a garden primarily composed of blues, whites, and greens. Now that there are many true blues available, it's shaping up quite nicely. I'm so anxious for spring weather to arrive so I can get back at it.
I did a monochromatic flower bed last year and really enjoyed it. 'Marine' Heliotrope, Lilac Frosted Penta, Purple and Lilac Nemsia and then bordered with pink impatients. It made a nice calming, fragrant statement. All the plants were very happy.
To me all colors look beautiful just like a natural scene nothing is put together everything is in a mix which to me this brings out the natural beauty in plants as well as our society plants are like humans we all look great next to each other
I chose the reds, oranges and yellows. I mixed up my yards, since I love all plants and colors. My front yad is pink, purple and gray and my back yard is orange and red. I want to mix another color with the orange and red, do you think yellow? I seem to gravitate towards orange. All my plants in the front row of my border are orange and middle is red. I wanted to add another color to make it pop, just not sure what else. Do you have any suggestions?
I voted other because I think it all depends on the bed, different themes for different beds. If the beds are adjacent to my house they have to match the house so yellow/red/orange.
Then I have a purple and pink themed bed that is not near the house...I'm currently planning a blue and yellow garden also nowhere near the house.
I love the white themed gardens for the shade.
My "Other" is for blue, purple, lavender, lilac, white, gray and anything in that range. I have a border made up of plans of this ilk (centaurea (2 kinds), woodside amethyst daylily, veronica, lithodora, a purple datura, some purple and white irises, and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember right now).
"Chocolate" and anything! Deep, dark burgundy, plum to almost black with white, yellow and especially green.
I also agree with 'flowerjen', it depends on the bed. I do love a 'Blue' garden with pink accent color, a 'Sun & Moon' garden with mostly white and some yellow, and gardens with orange, yellow and purple combination's.
I clicked on soft shades of pink & blue (it's peaceful) with a little white and/or yellow to add pop, but I like different color themes for different parts of the yard. I have white & yellow on the South side of my home but like hot colors in the distance in the back. I love purple that vibrates (I think that's the faeries) with oranges and yellows. I love everything. That's my problem. ;)
leeflea51, you sound very depressed. Talk to someone. Ask for help before your depression gets any worse. ANd it can get worse. Sorry you are feeling so rotten. I hope you can get it turned around soon. Dont try to think your way out of it, get help now.
I almost wrote something for leeflea51, but changed my mind.
I have a very positive outlook on life. The reason, I go to great lengths to make things happen that way for me. Also get lots of support from all the good people on this site.
Life is great!
Have a Great Day!
I picked the soft colors. I love pastels. But I have learned to add white and a bright spot of yellow so it doesn't get too monotonous. And since I have been gardening seriously and listening to other DG members (and reading...if you've seen my latest article about Gertrude Jekyll), I've learned to LOVE orange flowers. A favorite combo is now orange and purple...add some chartreuse foliage and you're in business. I had to learn to do the same thing in quilting...push my color palette out of my comfortable box. It's well worth it. Now, if I could just get it to work in the garden...have a nice photo (that I can't find at the moment) of coral reef poppies (supposed to be, well, coral, but came out all shades of orange) with victoria blue salvia. just couldn't manage the chartreuse.
I like for my beds to follow the color wheel... although last year I did plant another plant that was completely different color and it really was beautiful. sorry I didn't take a picture it was late in the season. Got to love those clearance plants...LOL
I used to be all about any shades of blue which when younger I would do the yellow and white and in other places pinks and purples. For the past few years I've been really liking hot pinks, fuchsia, pure yellows, bright oranges and lime greens--I call them citrus colors. Blue is still a favorite but the gaudy colors are calling:lol: