3 Sizzling Color Palettes for Summer Gardens
Color palette: Bright red, coral-orange, butterscotch, lilac, blue-green
Let a palette of rich jewel tones and vibrant sunset hues like red, coral-orange, butterscotch, lilac and blue-green inspire the plantings for your summer garden beds. Together, these hot colors really shine in the evening, when the late sunshine illuminates the color-saturated blossoms, making them glow.
As a whole, this garden would be a magnet for pollinators of all kinds. Hummingbirds and bees would be particularly attracted to the bright purple blooms, while butterflies would be drawn to the red, orange, yellow and coral blossoms.
Attract Hummingbirds and Bees With These Beautiful Summer Flowers
Color palette: Dark russet, brick red, orange, mustard, tawny brown
Perennial flowers and ornamental grasses with earthy tones like russet, mustard gold and buff brown are reminiscent of North American prairies in high summer or the colors of a weathered red barn. Use flowers with these rich, somewhat subtle tones to complement the soft greens of meadow grasses or pick up the shades of building materials such as aged wood or rust-colored Cor-Ten steel.
Color palette: Amethyst, lavender, deep eggplant, gold, lemon
This classic combination of yellow-gold and purple will remind you of fields of fragrant lavender and golden sunflowers in the south of France (or your favorite film set in the region). On the color wheel, yellow-gold and purple are directly opposite from each other, making them perfect complements. In terms of your garden, this means that flowers in yellow, gold, purple and violet will make winning companions.