All Posts   Posted:   July 16, 2014 by Laura Mills

Winter seems pale and monotone. Spring emerges with a gentle nudge of soft hues. Summer on the other hand is a riotous rampage of color. This brazen show coupled with glorious warmth that invites us outdoors, is why we treasure summer. Now is the time to soak up the rich hues that make our hearts flutter. Why not make the most of this Season of Color? These are 7 Simple ways to ensure you get every drop of color out of the season:

1. Perennials – provide a fantastic injection of color. Try one of these long-blooming perennials:

Beard Tongue – spikes of deep purple, bright pink or scarlet flowers for sun.
Black Eyed Susan – profuse rich golden daisy-like flowers for sun.
Echinacea – chunky daisy-like flowers in a range of colors for sun.
Hardy Fuchsia – profuse flowers from white to rich fuchsias and purples for shade.

2. Bright Fabrics – mirror the vivid colors of the garden by adding a vibrant tablecloth or pillows to outdoor dining areas. Use brilliantly colored fabric to create a sunshade in a bold statement that adds interest and a refreshing place to relax.

3. Flowering Shrubs –provide substance to the garden with their form while delighting with vibrant flowers.

Butterfly Bush – cones of deliciously sweet fragrant flowers on a medium sized shrub for sun.
Crepe Myrtle – clusters of vibrant flowers and unique peeling bark for multiple seasons of interest on a large shrub for full sun.
Hydrangea – smothered in dramatic, voluptuous flowers in white, pink or blue on a medium sized shrub for shade.
Weigela – Richly colored foliage coupled with vibrant pink blooms on a medium size shrub for sun to part shade.

4. Patio Furniture – add a vibrant pop of color with a coordinating set of patio furniture.

5. Bright Accessories – add personality with brightly colored accessories like candles, lanterns, sculptures or statues that speak to you. These unexpected details add character and intrigue to the garden.

6. Containers – vivacious pottery paired with boisterous plants adds stunning color. Place containers at eye level to maximize the effect.

7. Lighting – Don’t forget lighting to ensure the colors of your garden shine even in the darkness. Add strings of lights, landscape lighting and candles for magical evening entertaining.
Now is the time to soak up the generous sun and color that summer offers. Visit any of our garden centers to get everything you need to get the most out of this Season of Color.

Winter seems pale and monotone. Spring emerges with a gentle nudge of soft hues. Summer on the other hand is a riotous rampage of color. This brazen show coupled with glorious warmth that invites us outdoors, is why we treasure summer. Now is the time to soak up the rich hues that make our hearts flutter. Why not make the most of this Season of Color? These are 7 Simple ways to ensure you get every drop of color out of the season:

1. Perennials – provide a fantastic injection of color. Try one of these long-blooming perennials:

Beard Tongue – spikes of deep purple, bright pink or scarlet flowers for sun.
Black Eyed Susan – profuse rich golden daisy-like flowers for sun.
Echinacea – chunky daisy-like flowers in a range of colors for sun.
Hardy Fuchsia – profuse flowers from white to rich fuchsias and purples for shade.

2. Bright Fabrics – mirror the vivid colors of the garden by adding a vibrant tablecloth or pillows to outdoor dining areas. Use brilliantly colored fabric to create a sunshade in a bold statement that adds interest and a refreshing place to relax.

3. Flowering Shrubs –provide substance to the garden with their form while delighting with vibrant flowers.

Butterfly Bush – cones of deliciously sweet fragrant flowers on a medium sized shrub for sun.
Crepe Myrtle – clusters of vibrant flowers and unique peeling bark for multiple seasons of interest on a large shrub for full sun.
Hydrangea – smothered in dramatic, voluptuous flowers in white, pink or blue on a medium sized shrub for shade.
Weigela – Richly colored foliage coupled with vibrant pink blooms on a medium size shrub for sun to part shade.

4. Patio Furniture – add a vibrant pop of color with a coordinating set of patio furniture.

5. Bright Accessories – add personality with brightly colored accessories like candles, lanterns, sculptures or statues that speak to you. These unexpected details add character and intrigue to the garden.

6. Containers – vivacious pottery paired with boisterous plants adds stunning color. Place containers at eye level to maximize the effect.

7. Lighting – Don’t forget lighting to ensure the colors of your garden shine even in the darkness. Add strings of lights, landscape lighting and candles for magical evening entertaining.
Now is the time to soak up the generous sun and color that summer offers. Visit any of our garden centers to get everything you need to get the most out of this Season of Color.