Garden Container Color
Fashion Garden Mood through Color
Garden container color selection contributes powerfully
toward establishing a garden mood. Container color selections give you the opportunity to be very selective in your
color choices, for both plants and containers.
One of the reasons that I love container gardening so much is because of the versatility it allows in regard to adding color to your garden in just the right way and at the right time. Using containers to establish color and mood allows you a flexibility that you just don't get through garden plants by themselves!
Evaluate the color choices you make for your garden pots against the plantings you intend to add.
Marrying plant colors and the color of your garden container adds subtle (or not so subtle!) style to your garden.
Garden Container Color Guidelines
Use color to create a mood
Select garden containers to reinforce the look you want.
- Rich, deeper colors, such as maroons, deep blues, dense greens, sultry oranges, glossy blacks or dark purples promote a sense of wealth and opulence.
- Hot colors help to create an exciting,
dramatic mood in the garden. Repeat
them throughout a garden and add automatic drama.
Cooler colors encourage a
sophisticated, calming feeling. Use
them to create a quiet, spiritual mood.
An abundance of widely varied
colors can aid in forming a sense of exuberance and prosperity.
Associate color with faraway places
Some colors are highly associated with world locations, choose your garden container to fake a trip to exotic places.
- French Country Comfort - Deep cobalt and cornflower blues and
pomegranate reds are iconic French Countryside colors. Add white to contrast and enjoy the flavor.
- Tuscan Tranquility - Red Ochre,
Terra Cotta, Tuscan Gold and Burnt Umber combined with touches of vibrant
greens, reds, pinks and blues are a recipe for an Italian paradise.
Tropical Luxury - Enameled sky blue
pots, combined with vibrant reds and oranges, all staged on a backdrop of deep
greens and dark purples convey the sultry heat of a paradise found.
Island Legends - Pastel oranges, sky blues, energetic
salmons, and butter yellows combine to reinforce an island feel. Move your garden to the Bahamas overnight!
Employ a Designer's Eye
Applying the principles of design to your
garden container color choices will empower dramatic change in your landscape.
container colors that complement the surroundings; your home, the
landscape plantings, stone, or fabrics you've already chosen. Treat your landscape like you would
your home, using container color to accent your space.
garden container color to reinforce dramatic scenes or unify a
space. A single bold container
creates a smashing focal point!
the color palette. A repeated
garden container color throughout the garden space will create a fully
designed, orchestrated mood.
Create interest with high contrast color. Choosing garden containers in complementary
or split complementary colors adds excitement to your design.
Try Limiting your Color Choices
Dramatic effects can be created by using a little restraint
in your garden container choices.
- Repeat a single color throughout the garden. The ultimate in high style, make the most of your garden container choices with a monochromatic color scheme. Repetition of this single color choice throughout a garden space makes for a stirring experience!
- Repeat two color choices throughout the garden. Sophistication personified, this treatment creates a sense of a fully artistic, perfectly executed design.
- Limit garden container choices to create a multi-color theme. Repeating a series of colors reinforces an overall color scheme within the garden. Choosing containers that reinforce a theme is a technique often used to evoke musings of exotic places.
Many options are available, and it is hard to go wrong if you take into account basic design principles during the selection process.
The benefit of evaluating and using color when choosing garden containers is obvious, isn't it! Get excited about taking a chance with garden container color when you design your next garden bed!