Color Guide: Cool Colors

They are known to produce a calming effect and are often used to give the illusion of depth. This is particularly helpful for smaller gardens.  To give your flower gardens depth, put the darkest color in the back and the lightest in the front.  Keep the colors harmoniously working together so that the darkest color in the background gradually blends into the lightest color in the foreground. Try these cool colored annuals, perennials, and bulbs:

Purple is the color of royalty, spirituality, and mystery.

'Princess Dark Lavender' Verbena (annual and perennial in zones 8 – 11 and grows 4 – 6“ tall in full sun and slightly moist soil)

Pink is the color of tenderness, self-worth, and acceptance.

'Vivian' Vogue® Mandevilla (tropical in zones 9 – 11 and grows 18 – 24” tall in full sun and well-drained soil)

'Princess Blush' Verbena (perennial in zones 8 – 11 and grows 4 – 6“ tall in full sun and slightly moist soil)

'Ellen Bosanquet' Crinum Lily (spring planted bulb for zones 7 – 10; grows 12 – 14” tall in full sun/part shade and natural rainfall)

Habranthus Pink Rain Lily (spring planted bulb for zones 6 – 11; grows 8 – 10” tall in full sun/part shade and moist/well-drained soil)

Zephyranthes Pink Rain Lily (spring planted bulb for zones 8 – 10; grows 6” tall in full sun/part shade and natural rainfall)

Blue is the color of loyalty, wisdom, and truth.

'Cajun Blue' Scaevola (annual and perennial in zones 9 – 11 and grows 8 – 10” tall in full sun and well-drained soil)

Spanish Bluebells (fall planted bulb for zones 6 – 8; grows 24” tall in full sun/part shade and natural rainfall)

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