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Color Theory

There are several ways to use color to add interest and appeal to your container gardens. Two of these are, using color echoing and different color harmonies.

“Color echoing” is using repetition of a color from one cultivar to another. For example, using a white flower to echo the white in a green and white variegated foliage. Repetition of any design element adds rhythm to the design and leads your customer’s eye around and around the design not letting them take their eyes off of it!

Color Harmonies
Color Scheme
Effect / Use
Lightness or darkness or strength of the color may vary, but only one color is used
Quiet and soothing
Colors closely related to one another (next to each other) on the color wheel
More dramatic than monochromatic
Colors opposite one another on the color wheel
Demands attention
Black, gray, and white
Add depth to the composition; make other colors look brighter and deeper; divide colors that clash or are too strong; tone down complementary color schemes in daylight; and glow in the dark
Mixture of many colors
This works most of the time because flowers naturally blend together

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