Color Theory

Colour plays such an important role in our lives today. Everyone is unique, and your outdoor spaces should be a reflection of who you are, how you feel, and evidence of your creativity and style! This season, we encourage you to plant your gardens beginning with colour. Read below to learn how different styles of gardening create different moods, set different stages, highlight different areas of your yard, work best for container, rock gardens, and look best around landscape features.

Full Color Wheel



Neutral Colors

Are you looking to create an effortless looking garden this summer?

Neutral gardening is accomplished with the use of white, black, brown, green, and silver foliage and blooms only. The result, is simple, sophisticated, low-maintenance, and creates a new appreciation for natural, authentic beauty. Check out our inspiration page to get started on your neutral garden!

Neutral Color Wheel




Begin with selecting your favourite flower.

Monochromatic gardening allows for a spotlight on your favourite colour or blooms, while set on a neutral backdrop. It also creates seamless transitions in your landscape – allowing the eye to move past the gardens to other features in which an appealing contrast is created. Go to the inspiration page to find new ideas on your classic garden.

Monochromatic Color Wheel



A style with depth and saturation.

Analogous gardening creates a wave of colour that is very soothing and appealing to the eye, and is slightly more diverse than a monochromatic style. A classic analogous garden is designed to ensure that dynamics and singular-toned vibrancies are consistent throughout the year. Go and Get Inspired!

Analogous Color Wheel




A designer favourite!

If you are a detail-oriented individual, you will really enjoy complimentary gardening. With it’s simple and eye-catching design, every characteristic of each plant is noticed – from the veins in the foliage, to the outlines in a variegated leaf or blossom, to the colour of the stems. Go to the Get Inspired page to see how these contrasting colours make plants come to life!

Complimentary Color Wheel



Create a deep luxurious 3-D effect in your garden this season.

Analogous gardening creates a wave of colour that is very soothing and appealing to the eye, and is slightly more diverse than a monochromatic style. These gardens are designed to ensure that dynamics and vibrancy are consistent throughout the year, especially in plant structure, and any other unique feature they may each have (besides colour)! Go to the inspiration page to see what an analogous garden can do for you!

Analogous Color Wheel


Split Complimentary

Split Complementary

A style well-suited for the avid gardener!

Split complimentary gardening consists of two sets of contrasting colours, set on a neutral palette. In order to accomplish this look, plants with large blooms and long bloom times are paired with vibrant coloured, or sparse foliage. Click on the Get Inspired link to get ideas on bold energetic gardening.

Split Complementary Color Wheel



A happy medium for a bloom lover with a bit of a conservative edge.

Triadic gardening makes the most of blooms, complimentary colours, and unique contrasts in the bloom centers, and foliage. If the third colour is darker, it will help boost the contrast of the other two. If it is a light colour, it will pop off the contrasting colours and add sparkle. Triadic gardening also works great in planters, as the greens in vines create the perfect contrasting third colour. Go ahead and Get Inspired!

Triadic Color Wheel