Color Blocking the Garden

Stunning gradient of fresh blossoming flowers from dark purple to pastel lavender colors. Top view of flowers at the florist shop: peonies, roses, tulips, carnations, ranunculus, flat lay

Gardens have certainly evolved over the past 50 years.  At one point the garden was simply a resource for food, and was related more to work, than to pleasure.  These days the garden is a form of relaxation and peace for many individuals that live an active life, or have a demanding job.  The garden is good medicine to many of us, with many benefits, from food to color.

In the large spectrum of gardens, one feature that is becoming more and more popular is color blocking, and color planning.  This is the placement of certain flowering plants so that as the flowers are in bloom a colorful splash of patterns and intentional design is noticed by any admirer.  Color blocking is placement of colors designed to compliment each other in close proximity, while adding other color blocks intermittent within the garden as enhancements.

Many gardens have been blocked to resemble a rainbow, or maybe even a flag.  A strategic placement of red, white and blue can make any outside garden adventure seem more patriotic.  Along with Color Blocking, people are using these flowers for natural pest repellents and for fragrance at certain areas within the year. 

Colorful Tulip Fields

These beautiful and bright colors usually attract an array of insects, including bees.  Having bees come to the garden should always be a goal of any good gardener because of their help with pollination, and insect control.  Wasp also come into the garden and helps protect against some of the unwanted pests.  Certain colors attract certain insects and animals. 

With Color Blocking people can strategically place these flowering plants so their entire planting season is colorful.  While one flower starts to fade with warm weather, another will be getting started.  As the warm weather flowers start to fade with cooler weather, even another can get started.  This helps keep the beauty of your garden alive and well through spring, summer and fall. 

colorfull tulips

When we choose to Color Block our garden we just need to make sure we plan things properly.  Some plants do not get along well with others, and some plants can even cause problems with the fruit and veggies within the garden (if there are any).  By doing a little homework, and placing these plants at the right place, we will set ourselves up to enjoy a beautiful garden all season long.

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