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Examples of Plants to be Used in Color Schemes


No other plant says

No other plant says "fall" like Chrysanthemums.

David Beaulieu

Now that we've finished considering some of the ways that the use of color schemes can improve your landscape design on Page 2, let's have a look at some flower photos, grouped by color. But before viewing these images, a common-sense consideration must be mentioned: Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate with our grand plans for color schemes. That is, not all plants will automatically bloom during the same season, and foliage color also changes from season to season in some cases.

Thus, don't expect black-eyed susans to participate in springtime yellow color schemes, because these perennials are summer bloomers. Daffodils would be a better choice for spring. Always inquire about blooming times in your region before buying the plants you'll need to establish color schemes.

Matters stand even worse for flower gardeners intent on having particular color schemes for fall. After all, most plants are naturally geared to bloom in spring or summer. Fall is better known for its outstanding foliage color and berry color. Even chrysanthemums, the most popular autumn flower, have to be coaxed into attaining the form with which we associate them, thanks to the work of nurseries. Nurseries subject mums to a pinching regimen all summer, producing bushy specimens for fall sales. Left to their own devices, mums generally fail to achieve such showy displays.

But with a little extra planning and work on your part, you can include flowers in your fall color schemes. Thus to achieve red color schemes using red salvia and Virginia creeper, the latter's foliage will start cooperating nicely by September (in the North). But you'll have to hold off on planting your salvia transplants till August, else they'd bloom too early for you. Deadheading may prolong the blooming period for some plants, but the summer's heat often takes its toll on the plants' foliage, rendering it rather unattractive. A better approach is to buy younger plants that nurseries put on sale later in the summer, as I describe in my article about planting for fall color.

Flower Photos

My intention below has been to select images that span the spectrum in terms of plant type. I also considered diversity in terms of texture, the part of the plant providing the color, and the season when the plant is at the apex of its color display.

I furnish examples of annual plants and perennial plants, bushes and trees, and even vines. Not only blooms but also colorful foliage and berries are represented. For some plants, the bloom or foliage texture will be coarse; for others, it will be fine. Spring, summer and fall all have their representatives. Finally, for you wildflower-landscaping enthusiasts, I've also included some flower photos of wildflowers, while lovers of container-gardening will enjoy the flower photos of container-grown plants.

Use these flower photos to plan your landscape design according to color schemes. Color schemes have the greatest impact when you plant large masses of color, rather than single plants.

Flower Photos: Primary Colors

Red Flower Photos

Yellow Flower Photos

Blue Flower Photos

Flower Photos: Secondary Colors

Orange Flower Photos

Purple Flower Photos

Flower Photos: Neutral Colors

White Flower Photos

"Black" Flower Photos and Dark Foliage Photos

Pictures of Silver Foliage

Other Flower Photos

Pink Flower Photos (Pink is a tint of red.)

Lavender Flower Photos (Lavender is a tint of violet.)

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