Spring Color in the Garden

By Glenna Sheaffer

In a garden most people think of color as being the flowers when they are blooming. This is not the only type of color you should plan for. In the spring especially, the new foliage color as it comes out of the ground can be quite varied.

Giant Lily

Cardiocrinum cordatum

Besides grass green or dark green you will see pinks, reds, yellows, purples, blue-greens and chartreuse. In variegated plants whites, pinks and yellows are often brightest in spring. This is the time to study your flower gardens [even look at your grasses, trees and shrubs] for the color they display.

Early spring is usually the perfect time when you can move them to play off each other and make a balanced tapestry of color throughout your garden. White is the only color that should be used in a minor role. Yellow and cream are better artistically at separating brighter colors. At least jot down what you want to change for next season if you get to it too late.

Dark Aura hybrid Iris

Iris robusta ‘Dark Aura’

At this time another facet to look for is how the textures flow through the garden. Don’t place a ferny plant next to another ferny plant. One of them will probably meld in with the other and will not be as apparent as they would be if they had been originally placed away from each other. Separate them with wide or small leaved plants or grasses to move the textures around to play off each other.

4 thoughts on “Spring Color in the Garden

  1. Bristol Gardener

    I completely agree with his post. Flowers are colourful and beautiful, but a luscious lawn is also quite the eye candy. Be it fake or real turf, a large green field always has a calming effect on the eyes. Come to think of it, that’s the part of the garden I enjoy most.

  2. Tom

    I can’t wait for spring to come again. We are in need of some good color in our area. Very nice, well thought out, plans in here. Thank you.


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