fiery orange and yellow tulips create a spring
garden crescendo the perfect end to winter.
complementary color scheme implemented in the garden
from late winter to very early spring can be just the
jolt you need to get you out of the cold-weather
doldrums. I was visiting Callaway Gardens in Pine
Mountain, Ga., last weekend and you would have thought a
rock star was there.
me included, was gawking and photographing fiery hot
orange and yellow tulips partnered with blue/violet
pansies and white ornamental kale. The look was so
stunning you simply could not take your eyes off the
beds. The complementary color scheme is accentuated when
you are coming out of winter.
what is a complementary color scheme? Think about a
couple whom you’ve known for a long time. More than
likely you have either thought or said publicly,
"Don’t they complement each other?" In
other words, they are quite different but they bring out
the best in each other.
is what this color scheme is all about. The differences
that each flower or plant brings creates the appeal of
the combination. In creating a complementary color
scheme one color comes from the hot side of the wheel
and the other is its direct opposite from the cool side.
Examples are red and green, orange and blue, yellow and
exciting variation of this is called the split
complementary color scheme. The difference lies in that
after the dominant color is chosen, colors next to the
direct opposite are selected. This scheme gives you an
extra color while still having high contrast.
orange this season really warms up the landscape. And it
was the giant orange tulips that created the
photographing frenzy. Orange is a color in the garden
that cannot be overlooked. It just reaches out and grabs
you. As for the stunning partnership with blue pansies,
viewers should appreciate the planning that took place.
are planted in the fall, usually when they are in bloom.
Tulips on the other hand are planted as bulbs, about 6
inches deep, and are never noticed during the time they
are developing roots beneath the soil. The garden
designers created this bed to be like a spring crescendo
or the finale to a dazzling fireworks display: You might
have enjoyed the blue pansies and kale for months but
the best was yet to come.
a color wheel, orange is between yellow and red and is
the hallmark color of the hot side of the wheel. If you
have only a small area for planting, this could be the
color for you as no other color would be showier for a
pocket type planting. Callaway Gardens demonstrated this
as well in using the same combination in containers next
to teak benches.
winter you can do the same. Create a spring crescendo in
your garden, and let it energize you in your design for
the long summer gardening season that lies ahead. Keep
in mind that a complementary color scheme can be