The color wheel is a great tool to use when choosing flowers for the garden. It really helps you focus and helps boost curb appeal.
Last fall we had a giant red maple tree removed from the very front of our house. This left a noticeable bare spot. I haven't decided what to plant there permanently yet, because I know there will be more sun in this area, I'm just not sure how much. However, the bare spot does nothing for our curb appeal, and it could really use a nice burst of color.
How the Color Wheel Can Boost Curb Appeal
My sister gave me these two resin planters. They may be the perfect solution to this problem. I stopped at Lowe's to pick up some flowers. Many of their plants come from Monrovia which I like, because I am familiar with their quality, and can count on their flowers to last all season long. Each pot comes with an information tag , probably the most detailed ones I've ever seen. They even offer a number that you can text to, on your phone, for more information.
When you get the to nursery, and this happens to me every year, there's so much to choose from. I always want to buy some of everything, in every color. However, I know from experience that just doesn't work. You get home with too much of some, not enough of others, wasting time and money. So how do you choose? Here's what I did for the planters. Since I was looking for vibrant, colorful, sun loving annuals, I looked to the color wheel and chose complementary colors. These are contrasting colors opposite each other, and you can be sure will work well together.
This first group represents red and green. You may think of Christmas when you hear red and green, but lighten them up and you get pink and green. I also used the thriller, filler and spiller concept, choosing one tall plant for the center, a couple of shorter bushy plants for the middle and a few trailing plants to spill out over the edge.
These are the annuals I bought, however, I was very excited to find out that you can actually purchase them ahead of time on Monrovia's online store, and they'll ship for free right to your local Lowes. I love that idea. Even better, their site has you enter your zipcode, so you can find the exact plants that will grow best in your area.
I also chose a second set of complementary colors in yellow and purple. I'm not normally a yellow kind of girl, but I loved the look of this pretty yellow Marguerite Daisy with the dark purple calibrachoa, and the golden color of the geranium leaf.
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Here's a before shot of the area where our maple tree was removed. It provided a lot of shade so I may need to transfer some of the existing shade lovers, like the hosta and the lily of the valley, to another part of the garden.
In the meantime, this pretty pink and green planter looks great in its place. It will continue to bush out as it grows, and help fill in the area with lots of bright color.
Here, is another bare spot where I removed a shrub last fall. The issue here is that the little rounded looking shrub on the left is a beauty berry, and it will grow large and fast, filling in most of the space. The beauty berry will also be covered in brilliant purple berries, but not until September.
This is why I needed a bright colored pot for this space. If it turns out the beauty berry overcrowds the pot, I can easily move it closer to the sidewalk.
These planters add such a nice pop of color to the garden, with lots of floral beauty to greet everyone who visits.
A simple fix to boost your curb appeal, by adding a dash of color, with a little help from the color wheel.