Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden

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Learn how to choose gardening containers, mixing and matching different hues and sizes, to create a unique and beautiful garden display.

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Gardening is an exceptional way to add color and vibrancy to your landscape, bringing in different shades through the plants’ foliage and flowers. You can add even more depth and richness to the space by choosing colorful containers. The following information on color and color matching can help you put together a beautiful container display.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Picking a Color Scheme

Obviously, one of the ways to choose garden containers is to simply pick what appeals to you, regardless of how the colors look together. But if you want to have a color scheme, there are multiple ways to go about choosing a color or colors for your garden containers, and none of them are wrong.

Understanding the Color Wheel

Before choosing colors, it’s helpful to understand how the different colors are arranged in the color wheel and how they complement or contrast each other. This illustrative tool puts colors according to wavelength and their chromatic relationship to one another:

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden

Combinations of the different colors and their shades are virtually limitless, but the seven color schemes or harmonies described in the next section are commonly used to great appeal.

Eye-Catching Color Combinations

If you’re looking to mix colors and create a vibrant display but are coming up short on ideas, let these bold color-combination ideas inspire you:

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Popular Container Colors

If you’re not interested in choosing bright, vivid colors for your garden, the following five popular colors always create a beautiful aesthetic.

Black

Black adds sleek, modern appeal to the garden, pulling the eye to it as much as a bright, vivid color would. Even among a garden of colorful blooms and green shades of foliage, black containers add sophistication and help ground the space.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
White

White is clean and crisp and incredibly versatile. It is a perfect, sleek accent in the garden where foliage and blooms already bring bright, vivid colors to the landscape. White will help balance these out, but it doesn’t blend into the background, so it draws attention to itself and a specific spot in the garden.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Gray

Gray is seen as a neutral color different from white or black. Unlike deep black or bright white, gray tends to cloak busyness or disarray, bringing a calmness to a space. It is often seen as “industrial,” so it adds a beautiful contrast to the earthiness of a garden filled with plants.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Green

Green isn’t typically recognized as a neutral when it comes to color, but it is a neutral planter color in the gardening world. When plants match the shade of the pot, the plant’s color flows into the container, and vice versa, making the garden feel cohesive. It doesn’t draw attention or distract from the plants.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Brown

Brown is typically considered a neutral in many situations, but it’s an entirely different neutral in the garden. It’s a wonderfully warm color that is inviting and cozy, bringing a sense of home and comfort to a landscape.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden
Tips to Remember Before Choosing Containers

Before picking out and purchasing pots for your plants, keep the following in mind.

Using Colorful Containers to Add Vibrancy and Richness to Your Garden

This is just the start of decorating your garden with colorful containers. Now that you understand the color wheel and the basics of color theory schemes, you have any number of gorgeous possibilities at your fingertips.