Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Landscape Garden Color

Autumn arrived this week. Look Out! Here come the autumn colors in temperate North America.

Seasonal Color Inspiration: Autumn by COLOURlovers is a great web site to begin an investigation of why leaves turn color in the autumn. And because COLOURlovers™ is a resource that monitors and influences color trends, one of it sections includes color palettes. It's also a great web location to see how the colors of autumn mix and match.

Fom knowing a little about leaf color change and color inspiration, it is not too much of a leap for landscape gardeners to ask, How can I use color more effectively in my landscapes?

My Suite101 article for this week begins a series about using Color in the Landscape Garden. The series will also include photos I've collected over the years.

Landscape Garden Color: Planned Design Generates Unified Appearance discusses how a few guiding principles are necessary for successful use of color in the garden landscape. This article outlines the three primary colors:
  • red,
  • yellow, and
  • blue.

The article also points out the importance and enjoyment of using a colorwheel and what significance primary colors traditionally play in daily life. Future articles will discuss plants that fit into a primary color scheme. Tints and tones, shades and hues will also be discussed in future articles along with plants that fit suggested descriptions and themes.

1 comment:

Sue Swift said...

Hi – this is an invitation to join the Garden Bloggers Retro carnival. I don’t know if you’ve ever come across the concept of a Blog carnival – if not I’ve explained it in detail on my site today (Oct 1). But basically the idea is to revive an old post which you think is worth rereading, or which you think new readers might enjoy. Send me the link to the post, and in November I’ll publish a series of posts describing and linking to all the posts people have nominated.
I hope you’ll join in and we have a fun carnival!