In one of our previous notes, we talked about the general rules for creating flower beds. Today we will talk about color aspects. In fact, the color scheme of the compositions, and the whole design of a country house, is extremely important. Color is a very powerful tool and should be used with care so as not to spoil the impression. In fact, this is the most difficult in landscape design. And if for the country style motley is welcome, then in almost all other styles the rule “less is better” comes first.Bright flower garden.
Our perception of color is largely subconscious. It is no coincidence that warm shades (yellow, orange, red) and cold or pastel (pale pink, blue, silver) are distinguished. Try to create flower beds in one color tone; plants with shades of the same color look chic.
Warm sunny tones are near or pass each other in the spectrum. A flowerbed in warm colors is usually located in the center, in the foreground, where it can be observed during the day. It must be remembered that bright colors lose their saturation when daylight decreases, in the evening with dim lighting it is more difficult to make out flowers of warm hues among the surrounding foliage.
With the help of warm tones, you can "reduce" the distance, attract attention or bring something to the fore. However, if there is too much red color, then the flower garden looks colorful and heavy. In this case, replace dark red tones or shade yellow.
Cold shades Look good in the shade and are indispensable for creating stylish and romantic compositions. Pale tones are used to enhance the garden's perspective; they seem more distant than warm colors. Having planted such flowers at the ends of the flowerbed, in the distance, the garden itself will look more than it actually is. Plants with flowers of cold shades are elegantly shaded with silver leaves of wormwood or stachis.
Contrast colors are opposite each other in the color spectrum (orange and blue, yellow and purple, red and green). Flower beds created in contrast are very spectacular, but a sense of proportion is important here.Solid color design.
Using color in the garden
Before creating floral arrangements, think about what you want more? Joy, celebration, drama or tranquility, peace? The use of early spring perennials near the kitchen or rear entrance is effective - they will revive the entrance to the garden, recalling that summer is just around the corner.
Concentrate your summer flowers near the terrace or patio where you are hosting. If these places are used mainly during the day, saturate with bright warm colors, if guests are more likely in the evenings, choose pale tones.
Consider the background of planting, whether it be a wall, hedge, fence or bushes, since the perception of color depends on it. Avoid the combination of shrubs and herbaceous plants with the same shade of green - many plants have enough saturated medium-green color. As a result, the flower garden will seem heavy and boring.Contrast design of the flower garden.
If your site is small, it is better to use one palette; in a larger garden, it is better to divide the space into areas with your own color scheme.
And do not forget how the flower garden will be perceived after the plants finish flowering. Some herbaceous species have very beautiful early flowers, but coarse and inconspicuous leaves, so they are better suited for the back edge of a flower bed or next to a wall, but they are unlikely to be good at the front edge of the flower garden.