Eye-catching color to enhance your yard


Nothing brings a landscape to life like color! Plus, color helps set the mood when you look outside in the morning and when you return home from work. Here are some tips for bringing more vibrancy to your yard and garden.

Instant color

For the fastest color add flowers – even if it’s just a pot or two. For high energy and fun, go bold with reds, oranges and yellow. To create serenity, go for cool colors – blues, purples and pinks. If you mostly see your landscape in the evening, opt for white blooms and variegated foliage of green and white that show up in dim light.

Don’t be too strict with your color palette – an unexpected pop of color can lift your landscape from ho-hum to woo-hoo!

Attract color in motion

When you invite butterflies to your yard you get a double dose of color – the flowers that attract these delicate creatures and the butterflies themselves! Few things catch our attention like the aerial dance of a Swallowtail or Monarch.

To entice butterflies to your yard, find a place for one or more of these: Butterfly Bush, Coneflowers, Cosmos, Coreopsis, Nasturtium, Sunflowers Sedum and Zinnias. Plant them in bunches. According to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, butterflies seeking nectar find it easier to locate larger groups of plants rather than individual plants spread out.

Color your accessories

Another way to bring in eye-catching color is with furniture, garden art, planters and even outside rugs. Monochromatic schemes bring a sense of serenity while bright hues amp up the energy and fun. Choose colors that make you feel comfortable and happy.

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