Adding Annuals to your garden ... Do it !!!!!

Evaluate what size annuals you need for the garden. The most eye-catching gardens feature plants in a variety of heights. Determine the mature size of each type of annual you'd like to incorporate into your garden. This will help you determine placement, with smaller plants to the foreground of your garden and larger plants near the back.

  • Plan from the back of the garden to the front. In

  • cases of a round garden, plan from the center of the garden to the outside edges.

  • Separate the garden into 3 levels. Background plants should be about 2/3 as tall as the total width of the garden bed. Middle plants should be 12 inches (30.5 cm) to 36 inches (91.4 cm) tall. Foreground plants typically should be less than 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall.

  • Include a variety of plant sizes. A variety of contrasting heights will add dimension to the garden area. The most interesting flower beds include a variety of plants shapes and sizes.

ncorporate a variety of textures in the garden. A garden featuring plants with the same texture can be boring. Use a variety of textures to add interest to the garden. Choose a diverse selection of annuals with fine, feathery, spiked and bold textures. When evaluating texture, consider both the bloom and foliage.

Evaluate the color palette. Color combinations are subjective, but can set the tone for your annual garden. Color palettes may match, complement or contrast. Keep in mind that too much contrast (or too many colors) can be unattractive, but that too much matching (or all the same color) can be boring.

  • Use a color wheel to help create combinations that are visually appealing. If you don't have access to a color wheel, arrange different colors of flowers together in a flat at a garden center. If the colors look appealing together in the flat, they will create a pleasing color palette in the garden.

  • Select cool colors for a calm or relaxing color palette. Cool tones, such as white, blue and violet, are soothing and make the garden seem larger.

  • Choose warm colors for an energetic color palette. Warm tones, such as red and yellow, are bright and exciting, but tend to make the garden seem smaller.

  • Select colors that complement your home. For example, if you have a red home, steer clear of pink flowers, which will clash with the red. Instead, choose tones like yellow, white, purple and blue.

  • Consider complementary tones. Complementary colors, such as red and green, purple and yellow, or blue and orange, intensify each another, creating more visual interest in the garden.

  • Limit the color palette. For formal gardens, use 1 or 2 colors. For informal or cottage gardens, incorporate 3 or 4 colors. Repeat the colors throughout the garden to lead the eye from one plant to the next.

  • Consider bloom times. Annuals bloom at different times. To ensure your garden offers color from spring through fall, combine annuals that flower at different times to ensure constant color in the garden.

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