Color in the Garden

Color in the Garden

What You’ll Need:  
Essential Items Desirable Items
Soil Enhancer Soil Activator
Root Stimulator Watering Wand
T&C Fruit and Flower Food  

White flowers help create a cool, restful mood in the garden. White gives the feeling of space. Neighboring colors seem deeper and more glowing. White flowers can separate contrasting hues without altering their color appearance, and make seemingly ‘difficult’ associations pleasing and acceptable. Plants with white variegated foliage also give white quality to the garden. Bright white will lighten up a shady corner. White flowers are an excellent choice for a garden that is visited on summer evenings. As darkness falls, white and pale pastels remain distinguishable until all light is gone. A border of mixed planting will be given direction and coherence when clumps of white are repeated at regular intervals. Listed below are some perennials which have a white blossom.

Arabis English Daisy Sandwort
Astilbe Forget Me Not Sedum
Aubretia Gooseneck Shasta Daisy
Baby’s Breath Hosta Snowdrop Anemone
Bishops Weed Lamium Snow-in-Summer
Bleeding Heart Liatris Sweet Woodruff
Boltonia Lily Thrift
Bugbane Lily of the Valley Veronica
Campanula Lungwort Vinca
Candytuft Lupine White Coneflower
Columbine Obedient Plant Yarrow
Delphinium Phlox
Dianthus Poppy


Blues can be both stimulating and restful. Blues in the distance draw the eye after them, pushing out the garden boundaries. Blue can become glowing at twilight. Blue gives a cool feeling in the garden.

Ajuga Aster Aubretia
Balloon Flower Blue Eyed Grass Blue Flax
Brunnera Campanula Catmint
Columbine Delphinium Forget-Me-Not
Geranium Globe Thistle Iris
Jacobs Ladder Lavender Lungwort
Lupine Monkshood Mt. Bluets
Russian Sage Salvia Spiderwort
Veronica Vinca Viola


Yellow is perceived by the eye before other colors. It attracts and dominates. Plan groupings of eye-catching yellow or gold as deliberate focal points to emphasize the garden features or use discreetly to make a surprise impact after a quieter planting. Yellow is warm and cheering. Like the sun coming out from behind a cloud.

Alyssum Butterfly Weed Columbine
Coreopsis Corydalis Cushion Spurge
Daylily Evening Primrose False Sunflower
Gallardia Geum Golden Marguerite
Iris Lamiastrum Leopard Bane
Ligularia Lupine Marsh Marigold
Mum Poppy Potentilla
Rudbeckia Sedum Solidago
Sunrose Trollius Yarrow


Pinks are soft, gentle, and luxurious, evoking a peaceful atmosphere. Fierce sunlight can bleach the delicate tints to a washed-out paleness unless deeper tones of pink are used to add strength. In evening light however, the pale pastels appear luminous. Pinks form a gentle restful background to or interlude between a more definite area where strong complementary blues and yellows or violets and oranges paint distinct pictures, or where schemes of related colors such as vivid warm reds, oranges, and yellow focus the eye and demand attention.

Arabis Aster Astilbe
Aubretia Baby’s Breath Beebalm
Bergenia Bleeding Heart Butterfly Weed
Canterbury Bells Centaurea Columbine
Coral Bells Coreopsis Cupid’s Dart
Daylily Delphinium Dianthus
English Daisy Filipendula Forget-Me-Not
Foxglove Geranium Hollyhock
Iris Japanese Anemone Jo-Pye Weed
Jupiters Beard Lamb’s Ear Lamium
Liatris Linaria Lungwort
Lupine Lythrum Miss Willmott Potentilla
Mum Obedient Plant Oenothera
Painted Daisy Pasque Flower Penstemon
Peony Phlox Pink Panda Strawberry
Poppy Primula Prunella
Purple Coneflower Salvia Seapinks
Sedum Soapwort Spider Wort
Sunrose Thalictrum Thyme
Toad Flax Turtlehead Veronica