For as long as I can remember, I’ve always grown flowers. From having individual potted blooms around my apartment, to window boxes, to flower beds, and finally, full-fledged flower gardens, I’ve had flowers in basically all styles.
I definitely go through phases when it comes to my design preferences. I’ve gone through monochromatic phases where all I like all my flowers to be the same color, sometimes even the same shade. But other times, like currently, I prefer to surround myself with the beauty of the entire color spectrum. I love seeing crisp whites against soft yellows and bold reds.
Color schemes are generally more effective when you use large amounts of flowers rather than just a blossom or two. I also like to remind myself that I’m not limited to flowers that have blooms. There are plenty of options that add a nice touch of color with just their foliage.
Below is a breakdown of some great flowers for each color, along with ways different colors work together
One of the things that I like about red flowers is how much contrast they provide when sitting atop some green foliage. While I wouldn’t want to color-block my entire garden in red, I think that all gardens could use at least a pop or two of the vibrant color. One of the benefits of red flowers is their attractiveness to hummingbirds, who are always welcome in my garden. Here are a few of my favorite reds:
When I was a child, my mom filled our home with orange flowers. I love how orange pairs with red, and if you add yellow, you can achieve a gradient effect. I like to arrange large blocks of each color so that it looks like your garden is fading into the earth. For me, orange brings back memories of my childhood helping (hindering?) my mom in her garden full of irises and lilies.
*Freesia, gerbera, roses, godetia, zinnias, lily, chrysanthemum, crocosmia, gladiolus, marigolds
Yellow is the happiest of colors. It reminds me of sunshine and summer vacations. When I see a splash of yellow, my mood instantly lifts. Not surprisingly, there are tons of ways to incorporate yellow into your garden, many of which look great when blocked together.
*Marigold, poppy, dahlia, sunflower, daffodil, cockscomb, St. Johns wort, snapdragon, chincherinchee
I feel like green is a color that is often overlooked when it comes to gardening. It’s almost as though it’s taken for granted and reserved for the lawn. Instead of falling into this trap, try to make a point of showcasing your greens! They make a great backdrop for any hue; after all, it’s the most common color in nature.
*hydrangea, ladies mantle, cymbidium orchid, stonecrop
Blue is another color that I feel like most people glance over, probably due to the fact it blends with purple. There are actually quite a few options when it comes to blue flowers that don’t require any sort of genetic modification. And, if you’re going for colors that work well together, a blue and purple flower bed can add an unexpected splash of color for random passersby to admire in your lawn.
*scilla, iris, cornflower, sea holly, grape hyacinth, delphinium, playtcodon, allium
Being that purple is my favorite color; I’m definitely partial to purple flowers. I can’t get enough of lavender and purple irises. If I had the space, I would dedicate an entire bed to the two. One of my favorite ways to maximize my color usage is to have separate outdoor planters, each with complimenting colors. My reds oranges and yellows might go on one side of the yard, while the blues and purples will go on the other. This way I get to work with multiple color patterns, while avoiding clashing.
*monkshood, iris, lilac, lavender, vanda, gladiolus, freesia, windflower, phlox
Though we often think of white as dull, a block of white in the middle of a sea of color can add a beautiful brightness.
While I love the statement a bed of monochromatic plants can make, I also love creating a rainbow with my landscape. Making colors work together is extremely satisfying, though if I were to be completely honest, I’m not sure I could bring myself to call any arrangement of flowers unattractive.
Author Bio: Mackenzie Kupfer is a gardener for life who loves experimenting with her rural outdoor roots in her new urban setting. She loves bright colors and finds it really difficult to choose a favorite flower.