Colors have properties that can affect emotions, spatial perception, dominance (focal points), light quality and balance.


  • Most powerful of design elements.
  • Evoke feelings and mood in the landscape/garden story line.
  • Evokes great response.
  • Gives greatest appeal.
  • Is fleeting.

Color in the Garden is Fleeting

  • A good plan should be balanced and visually pleasing without color.
  • Consider seasonal changes.
  • Light quality.
  • Color can be used as a focal point to capture attention direct views.
  • Color in landscape not inherent to merely plants . . . consider color of house, hardscaping, lighting.
  • Consider the time of day when designing garden spaces.
  • Balance can be achieved with color and its repetition, ie. Intense color has more visual weight than subdued or weaker color.
  • Consider color choice appropriate with use of space – action versus relaxing.

Considerations when Choosing Color

  • Color of the house.
  • How is the yard being used: Activity versus Contemplation.
  • Consider time of day and light conditions,
  • Choose a garden style.
  • Think about growing conditions.
  • Think about seasonal colors
  • Use your favorite color, color from your favorite place inside the house.

Color in the Garden

  • Plan, Plan, Plan!
  • Look for inspirations when planning.
  • Make sure there is garden balance¬†and that it is pleasing with or without color.
  • Choose a color scheme.
  • Color is a very powerful yet fleeting part of the landscape.
  • Keep interest by using seasonal colors.
  • Keep natural light and landscape lighting in mind when designing.

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