Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Color has a psychological effect on your well being. It brings a bright smile to your face and a positive attitude. When you don’t feel well, make sure you wear red or yellow or any bright color outfit. It brightens your face. 

Color in the garden makes the garden come alive with energy. You can say green is a color but why just have a green lawn?  Put some color in your flower beds.  Start with Helleborus orientalis (The Lenten Rose) in late winter, then early spring with winter aconite, crocus, muscari and scilla siberica heralding the season. Then while waiting for the roses to burst forth, daffodils, tulips, peonies, alliums, English irises, Dutch irises, German bearded irises, Siberian irises and early blooming annuals and shrubs put on their own shows. When choosing color, remember that bright color seems closer so place them in the back and the light color in the front.

Even the shady part of your yard can have color besides green.  You can have a whole bed of azaleas and rhododendron in a glorious cacophony of colors: violet, red, coral, pink, purple punctuated by white and the palest of pink. Variegated hostas are another combination that is very pleasing to the eye. 

Find the right combination. Basically if you follow the color spectrum on the color chart, you will get the right harmony of colors. Gertrude Jekyll was a big proponent of this idea.  White is great at night but add some blue plants like Allium ‘Gladiator’, Camassia leichtlinii and purple verbena to make it more interesting. You can try orchestrating the bloom time of the plant next to each other but try to find a right color combination.  Having fine tuned this process, buy plants that will look great in combination with other plants. When you see a garden or picture of any garden, make note of what color combination is most effective.

Color makes the garden more interesting.  So put some color to your life and your garden. Go out in the garden and rearrange things. Some gardeners load their yard with annuals for instant color. But too many annuals can get very boring. Be creative. Roses with other plants make good companions. Be bold and experiment and take pictures. If you don’t like the way they turn out this year, you can always rearrange them next year. You’ll have so much fun. We need it in this stressful world that we live in. It’s cheaper and better therapy than sitting in a psychiatrist sofa. 

Roses are easy plants to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me. 

Here at Rose Gardening World, we’ll educate you about the Rose - our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.  Welcome to the World of Rose Gardening or Rose Gardening World where Rose Gardening Tips, Rose Growing Advice, Planting a Rose Garden, Rose Descriptions, Where to Buy Roses, Where to see Rose Gardens, Rose Culture, Rose History, Rose Events, Rose Verses are all here in one place.  

We are constantly updating our contents so visit Rose Gardening World often.  We want to help you grow Beautiful Roses and we welcome comments.  Take time and smell the roses.  Happy Rose Gardening!

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