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Picking a Color Scheme for the Summer Garden

Picking a Color Scheme for the Summer Garden

When planning a garden, there will be many decisions to be made. Where to plant? What to plant? How many flowers should I plant? There are many important factors to consider. Picking a color theme for your garden can be helpful to narrow down the factors and bulbs needed.

The First Step

It is beneficial to evaluate your personal preferences as well as your existing landscape when making a decision on the color scheme for your garden. Ask yourself, what is the color of my house? What existing trees, shrubs and perennials are in my landscape? Do I want fragrant flowers? Flowers that attract pollinators? Or flowers for cutting? Or a bit of everything?! We certainly have a large selection for every need!

Do I have a favorite color scheme?

It can be easy to make the selection of flowers if you have a favorite color or color scheme. Choose colors that bring you joy and happiness. If you have one favorite color you want to be the star of your display, pick a few other colors that will complement it.

For example, check out the image below - If purple tones are your color in mind, add some orange tones and darker purple hues to make the light purple stand out even more.

Gladiolus Display

Fragrance, Pollinators & Cutting

Are these attributes important to me? Color isn't the only thing to consider when deciding what to plant. Certain blooms will have traits like attracting pollinators, deer resistance and cutting.

We make it super easy for you to select the ideal plant according to your desires and needs. You can see all of the essential information on each product so it is convenient when making your selection.

If you want gorgeous, fragrant blooms that also attract an abundance of pollinators, you might want to consider varieties of Lilies and Roselilies or Peonies.

If you want to fill your garden with luscious greenery, you might want to consider Elephant Ears and Hostas.

You can see our full selection of Spring Planted bulbs here.

Playing with Color in the Garden

Now, hopefully the above points have helped you narrow down the type of flowers and attributes you want. It's time to play with color. If you would prefer to stick to one main color, you will be creating a gorgeous monochromatic garden. These types of gardens have one color as the centre of attention and can incorporate different shades and tones of that color. A simple, eye-catching way that color can impact your garden or landscape.

If you decide on multiple colors for your garden, it is good to know which colors compliment each other the best to help guide your decision. When selecting your bulbs/roots, you can use complimentary colors from the color wheel.


Classic complementary color choices examples:

  • Orange and Blue
  • Yellow and Purple
  • Red and Green
  • Yellow and Pink

Orange Dahlias

In this image, we have Dahlia Peaches and Cream, Dahlia Labyrinth and Dahlia Shooting Star. The colors and tones are very complementary of each other.

Gardening is fun and is a chance you bring your creative ideas into action! Have fun with color and the end results will be so worth it!

Meet Ben, our Flower Bulb Specialist
Meet Ben, our Flower Bulb Specialist

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