The way we use colour in our gardens and the choice of plants can affect your mood
May 16, 2018
We all know that flowers and plants have the power to make people happy. Their beautiful colors and fragrances stimulate our senses and play with our emotions .They can delight you on a special occasion, cheer you up when you’re sad or make a dull, dreary room much more appealing.Suddenly, choosing the color of your flowers becomes a bigger decision than you thought!The ways in which colors combine in a garden are very important.
Warm tones of reds, yellows and oranges bring vibrancy and energy to a space.
Yellow, like the bright buttery colour of Celandine, the vibrant yellow trumpets of daffodils or the bright, golden flowers of Forsythia, is a colour of confidence and optimism that will lift the spirits and self-esteem.
Red is bold and energetic and a great colour for spaces where you entertain as it’s friendly, stimulating hues naturally encourage conversation;
Orange will add sizzle and excitement to the garden triggering feelings of joy and happiness. Think of lively red poppies, the dramatic flair of deep red dahlias and the warmth of orange marigolds.
Just as bright colours stimulate the senses, the naturally cooling and calming effects of blues, purples and pale pinks will create a tranquil, soothing mood, making them an ideal choice for a contemplative garden. Easy on the eye, they can create the illusion of space and make a small garden feel bigger, leading the eye towards the horizon and softening edges.
For blue, try the tall, elegant spikes of delphiniums and lupins, clusters of blue hydrangeas or carpets of forget-me-nots, bluebells or speedwell to create a calming space in the garden.
Pink is soothing and aesthetically pleasing, exuding serenity and peace, whilst deep purples, violets and soft mauves are gentle hues that help promote feelings of inner-calm. Choose a soothing blend of the catmint Nepeta mussinii, purple salvia and lavender.
The smell of lavender is proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, which will help you to relax. The more relaxed you are, the more likely you are to drift off into a restful sleep.
Obviously, lavender can’t cure insomnia on its own, but it can certainly help as part of your bedtime routine.
Flowers can change your emotions. We all associate colors with different moods. Red can mean love, anger or danger. Yellow is usually associated with happiness and sunshine. Blue can signify calm or sadness.
Green is linked to safety, which could explain why lots of leafy plants around having creates such a comfortable environment.
On top of this, we each have our own personal relationships with colors that can bring to mind a happy or sad memory and influence our reactions.
Going back to the idea of color, red is connected to concentration and attention to detail, while blue is considered a better way to encourage creativity and free-thinking.
Perhaps because green is so heavily associated with nature, it is often described as a refreshing and tranquil color.
Green is a calming color, or a color that helps concentration or something.
The color in the garden has the power to affect our mood , to create an atmosphere of peaceful tranquility as easily as one of excitement and energy.
Those colors that fall into the hot half of the color wheel – oranges, reds, yellows – give energy and exuberance to a planting scheme. Yet when used too much they can be visually exhausting, demanding our attention to the point where there’s nowhere for our eyes to briefly rest.
Temper these hot colors with plenty of bronze or green foliage, however, and you can avoid that restless, busy quality.
By comparison, cool colors – those on the blue-purple-green half of the color wheel – are typically perceived as calming and restful, sometimes to the point of dullness. That is why sprinkles of warmth (for example flowers and foliage in shades of yellow or orange) can play an important role in enlivening them.
Repetition of certain key colors creates visually soothing rhythms, as does the use of gentle drifts of plants rather than solid blocks. Cool colors can also be used to give the illusion of space/distance, while hot colors give a sense of intimacy.
The quality of light also has a huge impact on the way we see color in the garden, from the harsh intense sunlight of midday to the mellow, horizontal rays of late evening sunlight.