Fill Your Landscape with Color

on February 28, 2017
Masses of color in a custom-designed landscape

The color and texture of plants in your landscape are important physical characteristics that provide interest and variety in your design. Grouping fully-established plantings in close spacing establishes interest and a seamless, professional look.

As the crisp winter months come to an end, we can’t wait to feel the warmth of the sun on our skin and see rich, vibrant flowers fill our yards. While it can take weeks or even months for young plants to saturate your yard with color, Gulfside Landscaping can make your jaw drop without the wait.

Landscape planted with masses of color

Fill Your Yard with Color

When smaller plants are arranged with large empty areas between them, it can take several seasons for the groupings to fully develop. This can leave your yard or garden looking sparse for an extended period of time. By using swaths of mature plants spaced closely, Gulfside Landscaping quickly creates beautiful areas filled with color.

These plantings are arranged to establish an emotional response through skillful design and careful planning. Large areas of color provide maximum visual impact, while neutral groupings work to soften the transitions between them. Additionally, using a wide range of shapes and textures allows our designers to take advantage of variations in the quality of sunlight throughout the day and season to season.

Large groupings of color and texture add interest to the landscape design

Mass Planting and Color Composition

Large masses of color make for an astonishing landscape and is often the first thing people notice in a design. When planning your new landscape, the designers at Gulfside Landscaping employ multiple strategies for utilizing color. Large swaths of singular colors create a visual flow to highlight sections in your design. Balancing areas of the brightest colors with more subdued groupings creates interest and smooths transitions throughout your yard.

By selecting and grouping large areas of related colors, a landscape can evoke different emotional responses. Focusing on warm colors like red and orange creates high-energy spaces. Cooler colors such as blue, green and violet provide a more relaxed and soothing atmosphere.

Greens and neutrals are balanced with bright pops of color in this landscape

Light and Texture Affect Color

The seasonal changes in the intensity of natural lighting have a large effect on the palette in your landscape.  The warming light of spring and early summer enhances bright yellows and greens, while deeper red and orange hues herald fall’s cooler temperatures.

Similarly, the daily shifts in the quality of sunlight and differing textures affect our perceptions of color. Foliage and blooms seen as brighter in the luminous morning sun often appear deeper in the somber evening light. Smooth leaves and petals reflect more light and appear brighter, while deeply textured surfaces create darker hues and add contrast. Our designers use these differences throughout the landscape to create ever-changing and engaging spaces.

Ready for Your Jaw to Drop?

By planting mature flowers and shrubs closer together, Gulfside Landscaping creates the beauty and emotion you desire. Call us and make an appointment to see how our designers can transform your yard!