Perfecting Your Garden Palette

Mix and match static colors—painted walls and fences—with transient ones from flowers and plants. Browse through these landscaping ideas.
From: DK Books - Design Your Garden

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tulips Forever

Give your lawn a lift at any time of the year with colorful wooden or ceramic flowers. These hot-pink tulips are great fun, and provide a dramatic contrast with the cool green grass and blue conservatory.

Muted Metal

Refreshing citrus tones, including zesty yellow and orange daylilies, fill the beds surrounding the raised, circular lawn.

Flaming Effects

This show garden used a combination of flame-colored cannas and copper to evoke a fiery volcano theme. The strong reds and pinks also draw out the red undertones in the blue-purple back wall, while cool, lush greens temper the hot hues.

Purple Themed

Purple colors are bold and associated with richness. Try to use masses of a single color instead of mixing colors in a flower bed. Mass planting of a single color will produce a stronger impact.

Blue on Blue

Planting warm colored flowers around a deck or patio will make it seem warmer. Try to use masses of a single color instead of mixing colors in a flower bed. Mass planting of a single color will produce a stronger impact.

Cube of Color

An alternative to a full fledged pond is a pondless feature. It is simple and provides a calming sight and sound. This contemporary water feature is a visual focal point in the garden.

Bold Blocks

Being “of the moment,” this contemporary garden is the quintessential of such garden style. The flowing grass, gravel rock pathways, block hardscaping and creative garden walls with blue tiles create a calming design.

Seeing Red

It is rare to see so much red in a garden, since most people shy away from rich colors. The design of this roof terrace is successful because the color palette is very limit. A dark red wall highlights the white-trucked birches.