Just like color in your home can set a mood, color in your garden can do the same and more. In fact, different types of colors can achieve different results, according to the National Gardening Association.
Pastels - If you want your garden to be a peaceful and serene place, add some pale yellow, soft blue, pale pink or maybe lavender colors of flowers and plants to your garden. These colors can be washed out in the bright sun, so have them in a spot where you can enjoy them in the early morning or in the cool of an evening. Or if you plant in a slightly shaded area, use shade loving plants with those colors.
Brights - If you want the color to stand out in your landscape, garden or pots, use bold, bright colors like bright red, orange, hot pink, bright yellow and loud purple! These colors stand out even in the bright sun and are great if you want them noticed easily. Since they will be in the bright sun, think about how much you will be able to water as well. The bright sun in the summer dries out a garden or pot fairly quickly and if you don't water diligently, you may need some drought resistant plants like geraniums! These flowers come in all sorts of colors and love the hot, summer sun.
Harmonious - Using a couple of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, like red and orange or purple and blue, can give an ordered feeling to a garden, without all being the same color. You can do this in color blocks in a flower garden, or in certain pots to give a designer type of look.
Complementary - Do you want some creative energy and vitality to a garden? Use complementary colors! Opposites stand out. Orange with blue or yellow with purple will give a fresh and vibrant look, making both colors really shine.
Monochromatic - Why not all the same color of plants? The way to add interest is to have plants of different sizes, textures, shapes or shades. An all yellow garden can be a wonderful, happy place. A sea of blue flowers or a window box full of pink can still be a beautiful awe-inspiring moment.
Whether you garden for just your pure enjoyment, or if you want more curb appeal to your home (or both), color can invoke any feeling you may want and it will certainly be fun to experiment with to see what works and doesn't work for you.--Jen Lush