If you’re looking for a way to use color to kick-up your summery containers or add drama and excitement to beds and borders, we have six not-too-obvious combinations to try.
And, don’t stop here. Next time you’re at the garden center, grab a cart and start playing with colors!
Marsala and Midnight
While it’s tempting to temper the mood of dark foliage with a few lighter accents, there’s no denying the impact of a near-monochrome display of reddish-black flowers and foliage. A bed with three to five of each of these selections massed would be a stunner.
Persimmon and Pink
We’re not sure where the advice to never pair pink and orange comes from (“they clash!”) because this duo not only has dynamic energy, but also a glowing sort of warmth. Start with hibiscus, tuck in a few bougainvillea, and layer in the hyssop. All summer bloom!
Citrus and Cinnamon
Hot-chocolate-hued flowers and foliage are glamorous, but they need brightness to jumpstart their effect. Contrasting with brilliant yellows and oranges makes browns seem, well, browner. This would be a lovely combination for a bed, but also a large planter.
Iron and Ice
Greys are elegant neutrals that are most often used to change the temperature of other colors (they can be warming or cooling depending on the shade) but a simple palette of greys has a clean, crisp sophistication. Try this waterwise combo in a moonlight garden.
Peaches and Plums
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with pinkish, peachy or apricot flowers, but these can fade without something to amplify their bluish or yellowish undertones. For that we turn to purples. Let this honeysuckle wind over a fence under-planted with roses and daylilies.