Color Movement In The Garden
Color movement allows you to travel through a garden with your eyes rather than walking through it.
The Magic of Warm ColorsWhen looking at a flower garden it is the warm colors that pop out at you. They are vibrant and bright. They demand attention and usually get it.
Warm colors make an area look smaller.
This picture is a great example of both color movement and shrinking space.
When you first look at the picture your eyes are drawn to the red flowers. The red flowers are bright and vibrant, they stand out demanding your attention.
Using the red flowers in the balcony at the top of the building and repeating that same color in the island bed creates an illusion of closeness.
Warm colors are orange, yellow, red and pink.
The Magic of Cool ColorsCool colors are calm, subtle and shy. They tend to recede or fade into the background of a design.
Cool colors make a small space appear larger.
In this picture the green plant in the center draws your attention for a minute but then your eyes travel to the bright red on the sides.
The cool green coloring doesn't command as much attention as the hot colors do.
If the shrubs and ivy at the back of the photo were covered in hot colored flowers your eyes would be more prone to looking at them. You see them but they fade into the background.
Blending Hot and Cool Colors Together
You found a lily that you just have to have. The color is so vibrant and wonderful. When you try to find a place for it in your garden the color just doesn't flow well with your exsisting plants.
Don't give up on it yet.
Use subtle foilage colors to blend in plants that flower in hot colors.
Blending adds a spot for your eyes to rest before being drawn to the next hot colored flower.
The soft purple coloring of Heuchera (Coral Bells) can help calm down bright red flowers and some blue ones.
The main principles for color movement are that warm colors are going to pop out and make your eyes travel towards them. Cool colors are going to give your eyes a spot to rest and will recede into the background.
A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle