The Best Plant Color Combinations for a Stunning Garden

To many, gardening is an art form, a place for self-expression through color and texture. Picking plants and flowers for your garden is a personal choice, and there really is no right or wrong. That said, there is something about certain plant and flower color combinations that add another level of depth and beauty to your landscape. Colors pop while other recede in the background, making for a well-balanced framework for your home or garden.

In this blog post, we have listed some of the most popular and eye-catching color combinations for your garden, as well as plant and flower lists by color. Happy garden designing!

Pink, Fuchsia, and Lime Green

This dynamic color combo will brighten up your outdoor space. However, the vibrancy of the colors may also make a small space feel even smaller. This combo is a great one to add to the front entryway, window boxes, and containers, as the bright, bold hues will draw attention.

Pink flowers

Azalea

Coneflower

Hibiscus

Peony

Tulip

Fuchsia flowers

Begonia

Bleeding heart

Bougainvillea

Camellia

Fuchsia

Lime green flowers & plants

Aureola

Green lace primrose

Hosta

Sweet potato vine

Zinnia

Red, White, and Blue

The Fourth of July isn’t the only time to enjoy this lively color combo. In fact, this garden mixture is a classic one. Plant them in a bright white window box or planter (like one of these rot-proof composite planters), and you have a perfect neutral backdrop that will make these colors pop.

Red flowers

Calibrachoa

Geranium

Impatiens

Salvia

Snapdragon

White flowers

Daisy

Hydrangea

Impatiens

Sweet alyssum

White flox

Blue flowers

Blue bells

Borage

Larkspur

Lobelia

Morning glory

Blue-Green, Light Green, Pastel Pink, and Deep Violet

A soothing color palette like this one has an almost watercolor-like appearance, whether the colors are used all together or in any combination. Calming greens and blues are a wonderful muted background for a shock of violet florals. Add pastel pink in to create a cheerful—though still restful—visual break, something that is especially appreciated in gloomier climates.

Blue-green flowers & plants

Blue Sedum

Dandelion flower

Eucalyptus

Himalayan blue poppy

Spruce

Light green plants

Angelica

Bells of Ireland

Chrysanthemum

Gladiolus

Lady’s Mantle

Pastel pink flowers

Angelique Tulip

Dahlia

Foxglove

Rhododendron

Rose of Sharon

Deep violet flowers

Bellflower

Catmint

Clematis

Lavender

Verbena

Orange, Pink, and Yellow

Grab attention with this arresting flower color combination. Light and cheerful, this trio of energetic colors will attract both guests and butterflies (who love bright blossoms!).

Orange flowers

California poppy

Daylily

Gerbera daisy

Lantana

Marigold

Pink flowers

Allium

Astilbe

Hollyhock

Sweet pea

Sweet William

Yellow flowers

Black-eyed Susan

Daffodils

Gold daylily

Sunflowers

Tulips

All White or Cream

An all-white or -cream garden set off by verdant greenery is a garden classic. To pull off this look, it’s important to choose the same shade of white throughout (as an example, a cream foxglove may look faded next to bright white daisies). Silver- and gray-toned greenery add color and texture to this peaceful garden palette.

White flowers

Calla lily

Heliotrope

Hydrangea

Jasmine

Petunia

Cream flowers

Dahlia

Garden roses

Gladiolus

Iceberg rose

Lilac

Burgundy and Green

Another classic garden duo, burgundy and green work well together visually, and provide even more richness with gold and red foliage added to it. These earthy tones perfectly complement wooden architectural elements and rustic window boxes.

Burgundy flowers & plants

Coleus

Geranium

Hellebore

Penstemon blackbird

Tulip

Green plants

Bird’s nest fern

Canna lily

Creeping Jenny

Lamb’s ear

Sweet potato vine

Plant a Colorful Container or Window Garden

Smaller “gardens” like container gardens and window boxes are a great way to add pops of color and complement your home’s architectural theme. For example, a hayrack window box has rustic appeal for farm- and country-style houses, whereas a more contemporary home is best complemented with a more streamlined, modern window box design.

When it comes to which plants to choose for your planter or container, think about which plants need the same amount of sun or shade as the location provides. Next, think about creating a balanced look with the “thriller, filler, spiller” principle: “thriller” plants give the arrangement height, “fillers” fills out the middle with greenery, and “spillers” spill out at the bottom.

Since you’re working with a significantly smaller gardening space than a yard or garden bed, choosing the right color palette is crucial. To grab the eye, choose plants with complimentary colors like yellow and blue. For a more subtle, sophisticated arrangement of foliage, choose a more subdued color combination, like green, white, and silver. Whatever you choose, keep in mind both the color and style of your house, as these planters will act as “accessories,” the way a pair of earrings should set off a dress instead of compete or contrast with it.

Everything You Need for a Color-Packed Garden

From hundreds of window box designs to rot-proof planters to garden decorations, Hooks and Lattice has everything you need to make your outdoor space both beautiful and functional. Call us today: 1-800-896-0978.

Photo credits: Cream flower photo courtesy of Denise Flynn. Hayrack rail planter photo courtesy of 3 Little Greenwoods.

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