SIZZLING COLOR PALETTES FOR SUMMER GARDENS
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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.
While the temperature may be warmer and drier, you don’t have to spend every moment of your free time watering your plants. The typical rule of thumb is to water flowerbeds twice a week with plenty of water. This will be more effective than watering the flowerbeds more frequently, with less water. Also try not to water at night. Avoid watering plants in the evening—the warmth and moisture encourages fungus growth. As we head into the hottest part of the summer, try to do your heaviest watering in the morning. Only water in the evening if the plant really needs it. Also avoid watering in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest as the soil will soak up the water faster, leaving less for the plants to use.
Plants need more than just extra water to endure increasing temperatures and strong sun exposure during the summer months. Place a 3-inch layer of mulch in beds and around plantings to help the soil retain moisture and keep plants insulated from high temperatures. It is also important to feed plants throughout the summer season. We recommend our Miracle-Gro Plant Spikes, a time release fertilizer you place directly in the ground amonst the plants which automatically delivers the right amount of food so you do not have to worry about burning your plants.
Keep an eye on your garden and remove any diseased, damaged, or dead debris as they block airflow and growth. If you notice a plant with dead blooms, cut them back now to ensure it grows healthier next season. Light pruning all year encourages steady growth and builds a healthy plant. You’ll also want to be vigilant about dealing with any weeds, too. Weeds thrive off summer heat and steal nutrients and water from other plants, so catch them before they grow and spread.
Why Shop at Goffle Brook Farms
- Courteous, knowledgeable and professional staff
- Locally Grown Fresh Seasonal Produce
- Quality Perennials – Annuals – Herbs and Garden Plants
- Full-scale Garden Center on Premises
- Conveniently located in Ridgewood, New Jersey
- Open 7 days a week from March 15th through Christmas Eve
- Family owned and operated since May 1st, 1968
- Serving Bergen County for over FIFTY years
What Our Customer’s Say
Really cute garden center. My boyfriend and I stopped by to get some pumpkins. They had a great variety of both small and large pumpkins. They also have a small petting zoo with goats, sheep, and a pig. They have a small variety of produce for purchase inside. We wound up sampling cider they were selling and bought that as well as it was delicious. We may go back to get more. Employees were very helpful and friendly.
Highly recommend this garden center.
This is such a great place. Goffle Brook Farm & Garden Center has friendly and helpful staff that seem to really appreciate your business. They have a great selection of plants, flowers, gardening supplies, great FRESH local produce and I am sure tons of stuff I have yet to discover. The staff is very knowledgeable and always takes the time to walk me through any garden problem or question I have.
I’ve been going to Goffle Brook Farm & Garden Center regularly for the past year since my family moved to the area and every time I go I leave happy. What more can you ask for?
They will have my loyal business. I think they deserve your business too.