Why is it that summer garden beds look so good when they’re filled with hot colours? Is it the bluer sky? Do brighter hues look best growing beneath a hot sun? Design your summer beds with sizzling colors and create that dynamic ambience that beckons us to linger a tad longer outdoors. Let the sensuous reds and pinks of bee balm along with the bright golden orbs of sunflowers radiate a warmth and with the cascading hues of summer annuals, draw you ever closer to linger awhile.
Here’s a few ideas of summer color in the garden plants and some suggestions as to using a color scheme in your beds. Within the realm of gardening, color palettes or themes can be useful for creating that flowing, harmonious blend within Mother Nature’s garden. A strategic mix of annuals and perennials yields a brilliant garden when the heat is really on. Plantings comprised of saturated reds, purples and pinks, and orange blooming flowers are considered energizing and also as a bonus are favored by butterflies and bees as pollinators. A garden planting of yellow/gold and purple often brings to mind fields of fragrant lavender and the rich hues of golden sunflowers. On the color wheel, yellow-gold and purple are directly opposite from each other, making them ideal colors to complement one another, which makes them great complementary plantings.
Perennials and ornamental grasses have earthy tones such as brown, mustard golds, and russet and as such these colors are associated with prairie fields and country settings. Plants of these shades are ideal for complementing surrounding buildings or sheds of aged wood or any other structures within the landscape.
Then again; a palette of rich jewel tones and vibrant sunset hues like red, coral-orange, butterscotch, lilac and blue-green can be the inspiration of your plantings for the garden beds. Together, these hot colors really shine in the evening, when the late afternoon/early dusk sunshine illuminates the color-saturated blossoms of the garden beds.