A splash of color for your garden this fall

Consider these tips when planning your garden palette

Do you enjoy a landscape that offers attractive hues throughout the year?

Vibrant and flowering plants can bring a year-round rainbow of color if you plan for it.

When selecting plants for my garden, I take note of their blooming periods and when their foliage or leaves are known to change color. A wide variety of species, from trees to low-lying ground cover, and hearty blooms, exotics and natives are adapted to our climate. Just be sure to plant them with other species requiring the same levels of water and sunlight.

Here are some things to consider when planning out your garden palette:

  • Plan your garden according to the color wheel, selecting either complementary colors (on opposite ends of the wheel), or analogous colors (adjacent on the wheel).
  • Deciduous plants can add seasonal red, yellow and orange hues to a landscape (but be prepared to rake up some leaves).
  • Consider planting a small bed or planter of annuals to bring a splash of color for each season.
  • Remember that color comes in many forms, including foliage, bark, fruit and seeds.

Irvine Ranch Water District provides many tips and ideas at RightScapeResources.com.

Juan Garcia is Irvine Ranch Water District’s water‐efficiency specialist. You can learn more about the district’s water conservation programs, gardening tips, workshops and rebates at RightScapeNow.com.


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