It is a rainy Monday morning. As I was leaving for work, I took our dog for a walk outside and to our surprise a squirrel was on the porch steps. Within seconds our setter decided to chase the squirrel, pulling on the leash, and tossing me into a muddy, sandy puddle. Time for a quick shower and change of clothes.
Eventually, I was finally pulling into the driveway and arriving at work. I had to stop my car, because the site in front of me was amazing. It was as if I was entering a relaxation zone, because the lilacs in a nearby garden were in bloom. Colors of deep violet, magenta, lavender, white, pale lilac, and purple created a beautiful landscape. How can a similar feeling towards color be transferred to a smaller scaled miniature garden?
Color is a powerful tool in any garden. When using the element of color in a miniature gardening design, remember that too much color looks chaotic and a balanced color scheme creates a pleasing effect. When designing your miniature garden, follow these basic concepts for a good design.
First of all, color can be found in flowers, foliage, accessories, pots, and hardscape. Next, find a color wheel online or purchase one at an art store and use it as a reference. Start with the primary color scheme of red, yellow, and blue. All colors begin with these three hues. Since a primary color scheme is intense, it is best to select one as the main color and the remaining three hues will be used as an accent. The main plant in the shade landscape could be a Blue Mouse Ears Plantain Lily, while the accents are the Ruby Red Spikemoss and Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton. Adding white flowers helps to separate and tone down the strength of a primary color scheme. For all color schemes, it is important to consider the plants grow