Color is one of the most powerful tools of landscape design. It can add a “wow” factor or create a sense of calm in the landscape. It can make small spaces look larger and large spaces look smaller.
Color can attract attention to a specific area of the landscape or tie together different parts of a landscape. And, best of all, color allows you to express your unique style and to “paint” with plants.
However, unless you are blessed with a natural eye for color or a background in art, using color wisely and effectively can be a bit intimidating. You may find it fun to immerse yourself in the study of color and may even consider using a color wheel to choose your palette.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get started with color in the garden, consider the 1-2-3 approach - decide if you want to use one color, two colors or three or more colors in your garden design.
One-Color gardening is a monochromatic approach and simply involves picking a single color for your palette—all pink, all white or all purple flowers, for example. It may sound a bit boring, but using a wide range of hues within that color range will make it easy to deepen and enhance the garden scene.
Two-color gardening involves using two different, but complementary, colors. It can be a great way to make small garden areas look larger or make a striking statement in the garden landscape as the colors play off one another.
Three or more colors in the garden is the chance to go bold with color and add some real drama and interest to a landscape. A multi-colored garden palette should be designed wisely. While a vividly colorful scene is delightful, it can also be disconcerting if the wrong colors are combined.
An easy way to start playing with color is to use Encore Azaleas, which not only come in a nice mix of color options but provide that color for a longer period of time than many other flowering shrubs. From cool whites, pinks and lilac tones to warmer reds and orange hues, Encore Azaleas offer many choices that may be mixed and matched as quick as, well, 1-2-3!
Encore Azalea is the best azalea you'll ever plant. Encore Azaleas are the world's best-selling reblooming azalea with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall. Encore Azaleas have 31varieties of bloom colors and sizes to choose from and thrive equally well in high filtered shade or sunny locations - unlike any other azalea in the world. Find a retailer near you at www.encoreazalea.com.