Plant Some Pigment

Erin Conant

Pigment aka color is one of the first things we notice when we cast our eyes on a new place. Dark, light, bold, muted, bright, rich and soft are all words we use to describe the color palette of a space.

In landscape design, pigment truly dictates the character of a garden and sets the stage for the kind of experience you’ll have there.

Here are a few ways thoughtful color choices can impact your landscape:

  • Accentuate the positive – Planting bright red roses or sunny yellow esperanzas next to a bench will draw attention to the area, inviting guests to take a seat and enjoy.
  • Set the mood – Cool colors such as blue, green and grey can induce a sense of calmness and relaxation, while a warm color like orange is energizing.
  • Attract wildlife – Hummingbirds are notoriously attracted to red, orange and yellow flowers, so planting trumpet vine or cape honeysuckle could attract those zippy, nectar-loving creatures.

To aid in your plant color choices try using a color wheel and refer to SAWS plant list as a guide. Before long, you’ll have a beautiful, colorful and drought-tolerant landscape!

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