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In gardening, green also functions as a neutral. Neutral colors will have a tendency to tone down the other colors in a bed and can be used as a buffer between two plants that might otherwise clash. While white funtions as a neutral in the garden, it also serves another purpose.

White glows when you view the garden early in the morning, during the evening and at night. With busy lives, many of us view our gardens less during the day and more often during twilight hours. If you will be using your garden often after dark be sure to include a healthy dose of white flowers and silver foliage. These plants will show well in the evening. The easiest color plan to pull off is probably the monochromatic color scheme.

Which is simply combining shades of a single color together to create a garden bed. These beds are simple to put together because choosing plants from a single color family is pretty easy to do. I know monochromatic can sound boring, but these beds don't have to be blah.

They can include great depth and interest as illustrated in the photos below. Monochromatic color schemes include shades of red including pink, shades of orange, and shades of yellow:. Other monochromatic color schemes include shades of black, white, or violet:.

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Now comes the part that can be a little bit more intimidating, mixing different colors together. Mixing colors doesn't have to be difficult and learning to successfully mix colors is easiest if you use the color wheel as a starting point. I know just hearing that you might be using a color wheel may strike terror in your heart, but take a deep breath and repeat after me "The Color Wheel Is My Friend.

The first key to understanding mixing colors is to look at the basic relationships between the colors. Using the color wheel is the easiest way to illustrate these concepts. One easy way to combine colors is to use analogous colors. Analogous colors are those that are next to each other on the color wheel. These colors tend to blend together well. The diagram below shows the 6 major colors on the color wheel. Analogous colors include red and orange, orange and yellow, yellow and green, green and blue, blue and violet, and violet and red.

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Analogous colors can go beyond two colors, groups of red, orange, and yellow or blue, violet and red can also be considered analogous colors. Here are some photos that illustrate use of analogous colors in the landscape. From left to right: violet and red, red and orange, orange and yellow, and green and blue. If you are a bit more adventurous and like some contrast in your colors, try using complimentary colors, which can add a lot of pop to your bed.

Complimentary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. The diagram below shows the different complimentary colors. The 3 complimentary color pairs shown here are violet and yellow, red and green, and orange and blue. Here are some photos that illustrate the use of complimentary colors in the landscape. From left to right are orange and blue, violet and bright yellow, and violet and light yellow.

The third color scheme illustrated by the color wheel is the color triad. The color triad is created by drawing an equilateral triangle connecting 3 colors in the color wheel, see the chart below. In our illustration red, yellow and blue are a triad and violet, orange, and green are a triad.

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For a real life example of each triad, look at the photos below. The photo on the left illustrates the red, yellow and blue triad while the photo on the right illustrates the violet, orange, and green triad. Colors also fall into two different categories, dark and bright colors.

Dark colors, like blue, purple and pink, tend to create a calming and serene atmosphere and will appear cool in even the worst heat. Dark tones are perfect for creating a sanctuary, where you can go to unwind and de-stress from the chaos of life. These colors are great for setting the mood for gatherings filled with soft music and quiet conversation. Dark colors also have a tendency to make areas look larger than they are. If you have a small garden these colors can help make your area feel more spacious. Don't forget that neutral colors will work with both dark and bright colors to expand the palette of plant material while maintaining the mood you are creating.

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Here are two examples of gardens using dark colors:. Bright colors draw attention and make spaces seem smaller. It's something that might seem easy at first, but when you're staring down a color wheel, you're going to wish you had some information on what you're looking at. Consider this your introductory course to color theory.

Read on to learn about the terms, tools, and tips you should know to pick the best colors for your designs. Remember hearing about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors?

They're pretty important if you want to understand, well, everything else about color. Primary colors are those you can't create by combining two or more other colors together. They're a lot like prime numbers, which can't be created by multiplying two other numbers together. Think of primary colors as your parent colors, anchoring your design in a general color scheme.

Any one or combination of these colors can give your brand guardrails when you move to explore other shades, tones, and tints we'll talk about those in just a minute. When designing or even painting with primary colors, don't feel restricted to just the three primary colors listed above. Orange isn't a primary color, for example, but brands can certainly use orange as their dominant color as we at HubSpot know this quite well. Knowing which primary colors create orange is your ticket to identifying colors that might go well with orange -- given the right shade, tone, or tint.

This brings us to our next type of color Secondary colors are the colors that are formed by combining any two of the three primary colors listed above. Check out the color theory model above -- see how each secondary color is supported by two of the three primary colors? There are three secondary colors: orange , purple , and green.

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You can create each one using two of the three primary colors. Here are the general rules of secondary color creation:. Keep in mind that the color mixtures above only work if you use the purest form of each primary color. This pure form is known as a color's hue , and you'll see how these hues compare to the variants underneath each color in the color wheel below. From here, color gets a little more complicated. And if you want to learn how the experts choose color in their design, you've got to first understand all the other components of color.

The most important component of tertiary colors is that not every primary color can match with a secondary color to create a tertiary color.

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For example, red can't mix in harmony with green, and blue can't mix in harmony with orange -- both mixtures would result in a slightly brown color unless of course that's what you're looking for. Instead, tertiary colors are created when a primary color mixes with a secondary color that comes next to it on the color wheel below.

There are six tertiary colors that fit this requirement:. Okay, great. So now you know what the "main" colors are, but you and I both know that choosing color, especially on a computer, has much wider range than 12 basic colors.