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.